Japan’s Osaka Airport Debuts Toilet Area for Dogs, Complete With a Self-Flushing Pee Pole
Between new therapy animal programs and relaxed pet guidelines, dogs are becoming a more common sight at the airport. But not every airport has been able to keep up with the needs of its canine guests. As CNN reports, Osaka International Airport in Japan has solved one of the biggest problems facing this group: inadequate places to pee.
The airport debuted its new state-of-the-art dog rest area on Thursday, February 13. It features everything a dog needs to get comfortable before a long trip, including a shower, a water fountain, and a self-cleaning "pee pole." After dogs relieve themselves, the canine toilet automatically flushes away any waste and makes itself ready for the next visitor.
The bathroom area is located outside by the pick-up and drop-off area, so travelers can easily stop there before or after their flight. And to make the space equally comfortable for the dogs' owners, a roof and bench are provided.
The doggy rest area is intended for dogs accompanying their humans as regular pets. There are separate spots inside the airport where service animals can do their business.
Starting February 13, the amenity will be open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Osaka International Airport is now officially in the running for the title of most pet-friendly airport on Earth. If you're traveling domestically, here are some more airports that will take extra steps to accommodate your furry companion.