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DCA, IAD Offer Pet Relief Areas

Travelers whose pets or service animals need a bathroom break at two Washington-area airports now have a new place to take them.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has opened “pet relief areas” at Washington Dulles International (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA). 

The pet relief areas at IAD includes a mock fire hydrant on artificial “K-9 grass” in a fenced-in area. The grass was developed to be easy on paws and easy to maintain. Three of the IAD locations are outside the Main Terminal, and two are inside the midfield concourses; the indoor locations also have ventilation and flushing/drainage systems. The four areas at DCA are outdoors on natural grass, near the pre-security side of Terminals A, B and C.

All locations at both airports have signage and include supplies for pet waste disposal. A full list of locations can be found under the “airport services” tab at www.mwaa.com/reagan and www.mwaa.com/dulles.

The new areas comply with recent federal requirements for airports to provide “service animal relief areas” for service animals accompanying passengers. Passengers with family pets are also permitted to use the space.

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