Flying can be stressful. But you know what makes that anxiety disappear? Petting a puppy! And Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has brought in the big dogs (and little dogs, too) to help calm passengers before take off.
Launched just last week, LAX is working with the Pets Unstressing Passengers program (PUP), in order to create a less stressful environment for travelers. These dogs are trained, registered, and certified by Therapy Dogs Inc. Dogs and their handlers will be walking around the airport, meeting and greeting people, looking for a belly rub and a scratch behind the ear.
“It’s a great opportunity to spread happiness to millions of travelers from all over the world,” said Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. “Expect to see the PUPs on a regular basis in Terminals at LAX.”
There are all kinds of different dogs to pet at LAX – Dobermans, Bichons, and mixed breeds. You’ll know them from their red vests that proclaim “Pet Me!” And really, who are you to refuse? You can find them at boarding gates, baggage claim, ticketing lobbies, and other areas throughout LAX.
Have you seen any of these dogs at LAX yet? If you do, be sure to snap some photos and share your experience with these PUPs in our comment section.