Oh what a relief it is: PHL upgrades airport pet pit stops

Travelers with pets and service dogs are getting an on pit stops at Philadelphia International Airport.

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The airport on Thursday announced it opened a permanent Animal Relief Area near Gate D3 for travelers with service dogs, emotional support animals, and small pets. The site is the first to replace seven .

Philadelphia International Airport No, that’s not a real fire hydrant: A new facility for travelers with animals has opened at Philadelphia International Airport Terminal D.

The 90-square-foot relief area has a built-in basin with plumbing for easy wash-downs by the owner, a faux fire hydrant, waste bags, waste receptacle, handwashing station, and a bench for humans that includes device-charging outlets.

The Animal Relief Areas were installed to comply with a U.S. Department of Transportation regulation for larger airports to provide animal service relief areas inside terminals so that passengers to tend to their animals’ needs.

CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer Temporary pet-relief areas at Philadelphia International Airport, shown here in 2016, are being converted to permanent facilities.

“The permanent relief areas are intended to be helpful and provide a less stressful airport experience for travelers who may have their service animal or pet with them,” Airport chief operating officer Keith Brune said in a statement.

A permanent relief area is planned for Terminal E in late 2019 and others in Terminals A-West, B, and C will open in 2020.

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