New pet area at ELM looks to help pets freshen up before flying

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When the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport’s new terminal was built, it did not just have human travelers in mind.

The $60 million project was to help make sure travelers could travel with ease. It certainly did not neglect certain kinds of passengers, dogs.

Travelers can rest assured that any dog traveling through ELM can freshen up before boarding their flight. The new spot proves to be popular with some flyers.

“She has to go to the restroom a lot,” Roger Laughlin, a flyer traveling with his shih tzu, said. “At home, she’ll let you know. She’ll bark and it’s time to go.”

Pet relief areas are now required in airports, according to the airport’s aviation director, Bill Hopper.

“So many people are traveling with service animals,” Hopper said. “We need to have areas for those service animals and a lot of people are traveling with their dogs as we just saw.”

The pet-relief area is located after the security checkpoint, after a passenger is screened by the TSA.

While this pet relief area is new at ELM, other regional airports have had this feature for a while now including John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

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