Special areas provide relief for service animals and pets
Philadelphia - Service animals and pets accompanying travelers at Philadelphia International Airport can now use seven specially designed relief areas located on the Departures Road and outside the baggage claim buildings. The Pet Port areas were created to provide appropriate facilities for service animals traveling with special needs passengers as well as pets and Airport security canines.
"The addition of the Pet Port areas was recommended by the Airport's Americans with Disabilities Act Review Committee as a service to our passengers," said Charles Isdell, Director of Aviation.
The Pet Port areas vary in size from 250 to 600 square feet. The areas are contained by a four-foot high fence with a latching gate. The interior has a 4-inch deep mulch surface, a bench, faux fire hydrant, biodegradable pet waste bag dispenser with receptacle, and a concrete dog paw print. Some areas contain landscaped beds along the exterior perimeter of the fence and a concrete sidewalk to exit the area. The facilities have been designed to accommodate animals and ensure that the Airport grounds are properly maintained.
The Pet Port areas are located on the Departures Road are between Terminals A-West and A-East; between Terminal B/C ticketing and the Airport Communications Center; and adjacent to Terminal E and Terminal F. On the Arrivals side, the Pet Ports are adjacent to Terminal A-East baggage claim, Terminal B baggage claim and Terminal E baggage claim.
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Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. The Airport is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 42,000. Visit the official Philadelphia International Airport website at http://www.phl.org.