Local Airports Build New Pet Potties

“Pet relief areas” open at Reagan and Dulles

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Friday, Jul 9, 2010  |  Updated 12:23 PM EDT
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Local Airports Build New Pet Potties

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: A Maltese Terrier attends the "Music for Dogs" concert for canines as part of the Vivid LIVE festival at the Sydney Opera House forecourt on June 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The concert featured a 20-minute piece composed by festival co-curator Anderson for the hearing range of dogs with the bulk of the performance inaudible to humans. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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The next time you take your pet to the airport, you won’t have to worry about where they’re going to, well,"go."

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has opened several new "pet relief areas" at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.  The areas are places where pets or service animals can go if they need a bathroom break.

The five relief areas at Dulles are fenced in, and have a fake fire hydrant on artificial grass.  Three are located outside the main terminal, and two are inside the midfield concourses for the convenience of ticketed connecting passengers.  The indoor locations also feature unique ventilation and flushing systems.

There are four pet relief areas at Reagan National Airport.  They are all outdoors on natural grass, near the security side of Terminals A, B and C.

A full list of locations is available at www.mwaa.com/reagan and www.mwaa.com/dulles under the airport services tab.

The new relief areas comply with recent federal requirements for airports to provide "service animal relief areas" for animals that accompany passengers.

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