While traveling through an airport we often take for granted simple amenities like bathrooms, restaurants, bars, and even smoking lounges. But what if you are a dog? A service animal? A proud pet Papa? A Pet Transporter or a Pet Travel Companion? Well, that’s another story.
Over the last couple of years I’ve begun to notice just how many animals are flying the friendly skies. And not just service animals, but cats and dogs that are just along for the ride with their human families. I’ve seen large labs down to young kittens. I recently even saw a Boston Terrier puppy on a leash under his Mom’s chair while she ate at the bar of a Mexican restaurant and he tried to snack on his harness. Talk about cute!
So where do these furry ones get their drinks and snacks? And where do they get to use the bathroom?
I have to say one of the most pet friendly airports I’ve encountered is the Atlanta Hartsfield airport, which is touted by them as the world’s busiest airports by passenger volume. With so many human travelers, there are bound to be plenty of dogs and other furry ones who also need to be considered, and I believe Atlanta hit the spot.
Recently I met Harvey and his owner on terminal C of the Atlanta airport and was surprised to see what a clean facility Harvey was enjoying after his 6+ hour long flight from Europe. The terminal’s pet relief area was bright, welcoming, and most importantly clean. There was faux grass, a fire hydrant, and plenty of room to make Harvey feel comfortable. The room also contained a private restroom, a sink and cleaning supplies, and even a dog wash area, should your dog need a little refresher after his journey.
According to their website, Atlanta’s airport has SARA’s (Service Animal Relief Areas) in every terminal, and also a 1,000 sf outdoor dog park outside of the terminal’s south entrance. Pretty awesome Atlanta!
So here are the top 7 reasons Atlanta’s airport is a top destination for furry flyers:
I enjoy the exploration and life education that only travel can offer. I truly hope that everyone gets to experience cultures different than our own. I have shared these experiences with friends and family, and now my own son has grown up seeing that our American "normal" is not necessarily how everyone sees and experiences the world. Helping others achieve the same enlightened experiences through travel only sweetens my appreciation for these journeys and truly makes my heart sing!