FLINT — When nature calls at Bishop International Airport, pets will have a new indoor spot to sniff around on before doing their business, complete with a red fire hydrant.
A new pet-relief area is now located inside the terminal, beyond security screening. The indoor area includes a patch of artificial grass for four-legged flyers to stretch their legs. An automatic flushing system eliminates waste into drains below the grass. Trash bags also are available, and a sink is close by for owners to wash their hands and refill water bottles. The area is open to all pets as well as service animals.
“FNT remains committed to being a pet-friendly airport, and we look forward to serving passengers with support animals in this enhanced way,” said Airport Director Nino Sapone.
Autumn Perry-MacClaren, assistant director of marketing and public relations, said she did not know who many animals typically come through the airport each day, but the airport is a public space and pets as well as service animals are welcome.
“In order to fly, an animal has to be a registered service animal,” she said. “But people can check with the airlines because each airline has their own rules.”
The specially constructed facility is located beyond security on the lower level and is accessible from all gates. The outdoor facility on the west end of the terminal before the employee parking lot will continue to be used and maintained.