Fort Wayne airport creates relief area for service animals

A service animal relief area was installed in the terminal of Fort Wayne International Airport.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Service animals and other pets traveling through Fort Wayne International Airport now have a place to relieve themselves.

The airport on Wednesday unveiled its Service Animal Relief Area inside the main terminal. Officials said with a growing number of emotional support and service dogs flying, it was “essential” to create a place for them to go past airport security.

A restroom in the Fort Wayne International Airport terminal was remodeled to serve as a relief area for service animals.

“The Service Animal Relief Area is a room we designed for passengers with service animals, or traveling pets,” said Fort Wayne International’s Director of Operations and Facilities Joe Marana. “We are always looking for the next step to provide the best customer service and this helps set us apart from other airports.”

The relief area is handicap accessible and features a fire hydrant, moisture wicking and absorbing grass turf, plastic bags for solid waste, a dedicated faucet with sprayer to wash down the artificial grass area after use, a trash can, and a lavatory area for owner handwashing.

The area was renovated from a restroom. The project took three months to complete, officials said.

The new Pet Relief area is located on the secure side of the terminal building at Gates 1-4.