Pet Friendly Travel Through Los Angeles - A Q&A with LAX Officials
As part of our Pet Friendly Airport spotlight, we're taking a look at various pet relief areas and airport policies around the country.
Previously we introduced you to LAX, and today we'll be going into a little more depth by asking Katherine Alvarado, a PR representative for the airport, to share a few more details about the Pet Parks.
How many designated pet areas are there at this airport, and what amenities are offered?
There are five animal relief stations. Amenities included water, animal houses, and bags for disposal of waste.
Do you have to leave security to reach these areas?
Yes, the animal relief stations are outside the terminals, curbside in the Lower/Arrivals Level.
How many dogs can use the areas at once? Any restrictions/protocol to follow? Any crowding issues?
There are no occupancy limits. We have not heard of any crowding issues.
Do you have staff members specifically assigned to supervise the pet area?
Are there any future improvements or expansions planned?
Not any relating to animal relief stations at the moment.
In addition to this, we've discovered a few more facts about the pet areas at LAX. According to Larry Rolon, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Coordinator for Disabled Services, "We had two areas, but felt that five would better accommodate the amount of disabled travelers who use LAX.”
He goes on to say, “Three new relief areas have been added to the existing two, to better assist travelers with disabilities who are accompanied by guide dogs or other assistance animals.”
“Our staff, with input from LAWA’s Americans with Disabilities Act Citizen’s Advisory Committee and airlines, selected the best possible locations for the relief areas, taking into consideration the limitations of space and pedestrian safety.”
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What do you think, pet travelers? Have you been through LAX? Did these relief areas meet your needs?
Let us know if you have anything to add, and join us tomorrow for another installment of our Pet Friendly Airport series. There's still much more to learn!