Hats off to Delta Airlines and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for addressing pet friendly travel. In late April Delta Airlines, along with the Detroit Airport, opened a service animal relief area inside the terminal. The area has been dubbed, appropriately, “Central Bark”.
Lately it seems that whenever we are talking about airlines, it usually has something to do with a disgruntled employee or luggage being bantered about.
Not this story.
Pet Friendly Travel Thanks to Delta Airlines and the Detroit Airport
“Prior to the opening of this facility, connecting passengers with service animals would need to go outside to find the relief area on the International Arrivals level,” said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton. “This is a convenient, time-saving and easy-to-find location.”
Traveling with a dog on a plane can be stressful at the best of times. For many of us the decision to travel with our pets is an option. A couple years back I had to arrange air travel for a dog that I was fostering. I can tell you, firsthand, it’s a very stressful ordeal. The dog in question was flying a very long distance (from Canada to Greece) so, for me, how the airline handled pet travel was a priority. Pet friendly travel can vary from airline to airline so my advice to anyone traveling with a dog on a plane is to do their research. I ended up with KLM as they were very upfront about how they handled pet travel (there were even pictures of where the animal would be located on the aircraft). And as a footnote, I also have to command the KLM staff as they were very accommodating.
Pet Friendly Travel – Central Bark Pictures
For people with service dogs, traveling without their service animal is not an option. Complete with grass and the obligatory fire hydrant, the service dogs in the following pictures seem to approve wholeheartedly of this new area set aside for them.
Pet friendly travel is something that most major airlines take seriously. Kudos to Delta Airlines and the Detroit Airport for providing an area inside the terminal where service dogs can relieve themselves. While the primary focus of the animal relief area is on service dogs, all dogs arriving for air travel will be permitted into this area.