Canine Companions Contribute to Reducing Human Flight Stress

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ARTICLE: Free airport therapy has wagging tail


For some, not all, flying induces stress. Once this emotion was evoked by fear of flying; today, there’s a lot of anxiety associated with getting to the airport on time, the hassles of security, getting your favorite seat, the crowds or whatever worries passengers.

Congratulations to Mineta San José International Airport for introducing dogs as a source of relief from these stresses. Orion, a dog who lives with a volunteer airport chaplain, was permitted to be in the terminal areas. The dog attracted many passengers who were able to enjoy the canine companionship.

Miami and Los Angeles followed this example and have added man’s best friend to their airport ambience.

Animals have a difficult time flying; so there’s some symmetry to dogs reducing the pains associated with humans flying.

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