Did You Know That Therapy Animals Are Allowed In A Number Of U.S. Airports To Help Passengers With Anxiety And Stress?


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”Mahatma Gandhi

Instead Of Chemistry, Why Not Turn To A More Natural Source Of Calmness?

Most people who are afraid of flying or suffer from different forms of anxiety take pills and other medicines to conquer their phobias and stay calm during flights. However, that probably won’t be the case pretty soon. Many of us aren’t aware of the precious help that therapy animals can provide in such situations. As a matter of fact, no less than 50 airports across the United States allow the presence of therapy dogs. They are intended to ease the pain of passengers who don’t like flying. It’s a known fact that, following a contact with therapy animals, most folks don’t feel stressed or worried about flying. Perhaps the best part about it is, adults have some time to relax while the children are busy playing with the animals.

Nationwide, the airport in San Jose, California was the first to bring in nursing home and hospital therapy animals to assist with passengers’ anxiety. This first started after 9/11 when people were on edge about flying in airplanes out of fear of being hijacked along with the aircraft. Today, it’s not strange seeing therapy dogs in the second-busiest airport in the country, as well. They are being widely used at the Los Angeles International Airport due to the ongoing remodeling projects. These are causing increased stress for the employees as many have to work extra hours. Also, many passengers are having trouble finding their check-in locations. The dogs are a welcome sight for the frustrated personnel and passengers at this airport.

We Have No More Excuses For Neglecting Therapy Animals

Moreover, therapy animals can help passengers who are flying for “sad reasons” in particular, such as the death of a loved one or termination of employment. They are the perfect way to cheer someone up. There’s even such a group of the furry critters called “The Wag Brigade” at the San Francisco International Airport. Thanks to the coordination by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, volunteers manage these furballs and help countless people daily. Most notable among The Wag Brigade is Lilou; a pig that manages to steal the show every single day. Talk about an unconventional way to cheer someone up, right?

But, it doesn’t end there. At many airports throughout the country, it goes well beyond using dogs. As a matter of fact, therapy animals come in all shapes, sizes and, apparently, species. If you go through the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, you’ll see no less than 32 ponies. This is probably a very unique occurrence in the world, though one can’t say it’s not working. In fact, when passengers pet the horses, their heart rates slow down and their blood pressure drops. This is the effect that ponies have on travelers from around the world. Not only do they enjoy their flight way more after such encounters; their lives are touched by some of the most noble animals in the world.

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