Are you traveling with your four-legged friend? These are the top 10 pet-friendly airports in the United States.

There are now many pet-friendly airports, but taking your favorite four-legged friend on a trip can still be stressful.

While pet rescue zones have popped up all over the place, thanks to federal regulation, there are a few airports that have gone above and beyond to make life easier for those with service animals or who simply love take their pet on a trip.

Improved points ranked airports that exceeded expectations for travel with a pet.

Because pet-friendly areas are part of a federal regulation, airports didn’t receive points simply for complying with the service animal part. Instead, they were awarded points based on the quality of amenities, pet-friendly amenities — things like fully fenced dog parks, water fountains and space to run around — as well as on-site boarding facilities.

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Here are the top 10 airports for welcoming pets while traveling:

1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

With a rating of 10, JFK has the most to offer those traveling with pets. In Terminal 5, a large terrace features tables and chairs on 4,000 square feet of outdoor garden patio – also known as a “wooftop”.

Eight other terminals have access to pet rescue areas once you clear security.

In Terminal 8, American Airlines has created a pet relief area on the departures level that has a 1,000 square foot natural grass patch.

2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

You’ll find an indoor post-security rescue area in each lobby, as well as a pre-security dog ​​run that spans 1,000 square feet. The fully fenced area has benches and biodegradable bags.

He also has an on-site 24/7 boarding house, Pet Paradise, so you don’t have to leave them until the last minute and you can see them as soon as you get home.

3. Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Three post-security areas have places for pets to take potty breaks, drink water, and stretch their legs.

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Six other similar areas are located before security, are fully enclosed and are outside Terminals 2, 3 and 4.

4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

With more pet rescue stations than any other airport, LAX offers eight indoor areas for pets beyond security, as well as three outdoor stations.

The airport also has a seven-day-a-week PUP (pets that relieve passengers) program that offers trained dogs and handlers that provide a less stressful airport environment.

5. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Each terminal has an indoor post-security pet rescue area, including a fire hydrant, fake grass, and a sink. There are also two outdoor spaces.

The best pet feature here, however, might be Now Boarding – a subsidiary of the Animal Human Society – which not only provides grooming, boarding and training services, but they’ll also pick you up from your terminal. and bring you back to your pet. and vehicle for free.

6. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

There are so many things we love about Austin’s pet-friendly airport. For starters, it has a “dog walk” which is landscaped, lighted, and has a pet drinking fountain, dog waste collection bag, and trash cans. This one is located in pre-security, but there is also a post-security relief area.

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Bark and Zoon, which has an outdoor play area and dog-only pools, will park your car in a parking garage and drive you to your terminal.

But even if you’re not traveling with your pet and just need a fix, a local wellness company and the airport host a quarterly event where they have pet therapy dogs on hand. airport.

7. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

Here’s another big one. This airport has an indoor pet rescue area, as well as two outdoor dog parks. The outdoor “Bark Parks” are fenced, ADA accessible, have running water, mitts for cleaning, fire hydrant and awning.

It also has a popular Paws for Passengers program which helps to pick up and send passengers.

8. Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)

The large pet playpen allows pets to stretch, run, and relieve themselves, and a smaller pet relief area is at the end of the baggage claim hall on the lower level.

The airport also has a smaller clearing area once you are inside the secure part of the terminal.

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9. Denver International Airport (DEN)

Inside Concourses A, B, and C, you’ll find pet relief areas that feature a grass floor with a drainage system, artificial rock, and murals depicting the Colorado exterior.

In addition to a pre-security outdoor rescue area, Paradise 4 Paws offers an airport boarding facility with over 25,000 square feet of space for your dog or cat to roam. Premium Pet Resort is a 24-hour service that includes day and overnight stays.

10.Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)

While these pet rescue areas are pretty basic, there are plenty of them: four located after security and several outside entrance doors.

The airport also has Paradise 4 Paws, a premier resort for cats and dogs that is staffed 24 hours a day.

Have you traveled to any of these airports with your favorite pet? What was your favourite? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

This article was originally published in 2019. It has since been updated.