D.C. airports open bathroom areas for pets

July 8, 2010 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Airport Potty StationFor those families traveling with their dogs, Washington Dulles International and Reagan National airports in Washington, D.C. have opened pet-friendly bathrooms where Fido can relieve himself before or after he gets on the plane.

“These areas give travelers a new option when their pet or service animal needs a bathroom break while at the airport,” says Rob Yingling of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Providing these “pet relief areas” has recently become a federal requirement at all airports because of the service animals that travel with passengers. However the fenced-in pet bathrooms are available to anyone traveling with pets.

There are five locations spread throughout Dulles International—three outside and two inside. The indoor areas also have ventilation and drainage systems to keep the space sanitized and to help reduce odor. Reagan National has four areas at the directional sides of the airport.

A 4-foot fence surrounds all pet relief areas. Each area includes a fake fire hydrant placed on “K-9 Grass”—safe artificial turf.

“The grass was developed to be paw-friendly to our four-legged friends and easy to maintain,” says Yingling.

For more information on these areas, including exact locations, visit MWAA.com.


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