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We don’t like to complain, and yet, we’ve got to say something about airport pet bathrooms. Or, airport pet relief stations, as they’re referred to in more formal circles.
We know it’s a privilege to fly with small dogs.
And yes, we’re lucky that airlines and fellow passengers are so good-humored about it.
The airports themselves don’t make it easy.
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Flying From Boston Logan with Small Dogs
Like the “Storm of the Century” from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” a bomb cyclone hit the East coast this year just as holiday travel peaked. Along with a multitude of other travelers, we were praying our flight didn’t cancel despite high wind warnings, torrential rain, flash floods, and a forty-degree temperature swing.
To make holiday travel as interesting as possible, we’d booked our Havanese to fly with us. They’re non-shedding small dogs with wonderful manners. They’re never the problem. But keeping them comfortable before and during a long flight?
That’s a problem. In fact, it’s a stressful challenge because of some airports. But it shouldn’t be.
No Early Check-In When Flying with Dogs
We’d arrived at the airport three hours before our flight. Doing so was necessary, because when you’re traveling with your dog, you can’t use the advance check-in on your Delta app. You have to wait in line and pay in person. Hopefully, they’ll stop making people do that at some point.
We did a bit of digging, and next time, we’ll fly JetBlue, which allows you to handle all your flying with dogs details on their app! Why Delta can’t do that, we don’t know. They don’t inspect your pups or their carriers at the ticket counter, but they make you stand in line for an hour anyway….And that standing in line is another hour better used in finding their elusive airport pet relief stations.
Pet Relief Stations at Logan Outside Security
And then you have the option of trying to find somewhere uncomfortable to wait outside security so you’re close to the “pet relief” station–and we’re using that term loosely–or going through security knowing you’ll have to go back through again when you let the pups out just before boarding.
The exterior pet relief station at Logan’s Terminal A is easy enough to access outside of baggage claim. It’s unfortunate that you must leave the Gate area to access it and then return through security. But that’s another matter.
Let’s return to the real problem.
Terminal A Outdoor Pet Relief Station: Conditions
Boston Logan Airport Pet Relief stations are cramped, filthy little rectangles of real estate. Whoever designed these either didn’t know or didn’t care about actually coaxing a dog to “relieve” herself before a flight.
At least, that’s our assessment of Terminal A, where our Delta flight left.
Terminal A Outside Pet Relief Bathroom: Location