LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Just like people, pets need to answer the call of nature when they travel.
With more passengers bringing their pets along, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a rule requiring airports serving 10,000 passengers or more each year to provide animal-relief areas by Aug. 4.READ MORE: Apple Valley Charter School's Band Director Kenneth Sockwell Arrested After Hidden Camera Found On Campus
They’re primarily intended for service animals, but traveling pets are welcome to use them.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the world’s busiest, has a 1,000-square-foot dog park outside its domestic terminal. The airport is building pet-relief facilities throughout its concourses and will have nine when the work is done.READ MORE: LAPD, LA School Police Investigate Sexual Assault Of Female Student In Hamilton High School Boys' Bathroom
About 160 American airports have pet-relief areas.
LAX, John Wayne/Orange County and Ontario airports all provide small pet parks outside the terminals. This can be a problem if a pet or service animal needs to go after they’ve passed through security screening.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Student Athletes Face Halloween Deadline To Get Vaccinated Or Risk Being Unable To Play
That’s not a problem at Palm Springs, San Diego or Fresno airports, where pet relief areas are accessible from inside the terminal.