June 06, 2013

Fear of flying? Pet a dog!

At my university, therapy dogs often stop by in the College Library during exam week. Students sit down with them, pet them -- and get up with a big smile on their faces. Now LAX airport is taking this idea to stressed out travelers: PUPS (Pets unstressing passengers) is a new program that brings dogs to airport terminals:

Trained dogs and handlers will roam through the departures levels in the gate areas of each terminal, visiting passengers awaiting flights and providing comfort, as well as airport information.  The program also willeducate and inform passengers about the LAneXt Capital Improvement projects, and construction related traffic impacts.   
The dogs and handlers, in red vests with the PUP logo, will be an excellent addition to the customer service team.  Passengers will love seeing warm, wet noses and wagging tails that will create a friendly, positive experience at LAX!   

It would certainly work for me! I hope Chicago O'Hare will adopt the program soon. (They have the Beagle Brigade there, to sniff out hidden plants or meat, but that's not quite the same.)

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