Pets In The Skies: How Animals Are Shaking Up Your Travel Experience

Over 30 airports in the United States now bring in service animals (and their handlers) to visit with travelers and ease their stress and fears of flying.

The Mineta San Jose International Airport was the first to adopt the idea with their K9 Crew, which was later embraced by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

At LAX, the Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) team mingles with guests in their numerous concourses.

Denver International Airport now has a Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS) that encourages passengers to pet, hug, and catch a selfie with dogs wearing Pet Me vests.

For the exotic, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport brings in miniature therapy horses several times a month.

Christopher Birch, San Francisco International Airport’s Director of Guest Experience, told NBC News that they added LiLou (pictured below) to their Wag Brigade to bring “more moments of surprise and delight for guests at our airport.”

Meanwhile, Albany International Airport’s Canine Ambassador program has acquired a pot-bellied pig named Bacon Bits.