As you may remember from my previous posts (Read about all my tips and tricks for travel here and my favorite product when traveling here), I talked extensively about traveling with a dog, and making it as easy as possible for both of you.
A couple of days ago, as I flew from Connecticut to California, I was asked this question at least a dozen times:
“What do you do if your dog has an accident?”
Well, for the most part, you can’t do anything about it, because there are no pet relief areas inside the terminal, so if you have a very short layover in between your two flights, you won’t have time to walk towards Ground Transportration, take your dog out, and then go through security again, and those lines don’t seem to get any shorter.
However, there is a bright side. More and more airports are developing pet relief areas (you can view the complete list here), including Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport.
Unfortunately, it is outside in the Ground Transportation level, but they offer a 1,000 square foot dog park, which includes interesting sculptures, fake grass areas, flowers, rocks, and a poop bag dispenser, in case you forget to bring one.
Located in the South Terminal in Ground Transportation, past security and through doors W1 and W2. I actually had a bit of trouble finding it, so I asked the Customer Service desk, located near the Food Court, and they pointed me in the right direction.
I only had an hour until my next flight was boarding, but I was able to let him relieve himself and run around for a few minutes before going through security. However, before you go outside, ask Security how long the wait is, because you will have to go through it again if you leave.
So, if you have some time to spare, it is definitely worth taking them out, especially when it is a long flight!
Sound off in the comments below if there are other great airport pet relief areas you’ve discovered!