American Airlines has installed a new Pet Relief Area at the JFK Terminal departure level so that passengers traveling with pets can give their canine or feline friends a final chance to relieve themselves before packing them away in their kennels for the flight.
“American Airlines is sensitive to the needs of passengers who travel with their pets,” said Joseph Daly, American’s facilities maintenance manager at JFK Airport. “Pets that travel have comfort needs, too, so we wanted to provide a way for them to be comfortable before boarding their flight, just like the rest of us.”
The new Pet Relief Area is a 30-foot-by-50-foot enclosure, including a 1,000-square-foot patch of natural grass. It has a five-foot wide entrance gate, a walkway and two benches. A “Mutt Mitt” dispenser is provided, together with a trash barrel at the gate for waste disposal. A bright red fire hydrant stands at the far end of the grassy area.
American worked with the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners in creating the area.