June 9, 2016 2:21 am
Updated: June 9, 2016 2:23 am

YVR airport installs restroom for pets


The Vancouver International Airport has unveiled a new restroom for pets, the first of its kind in a Canadian airport.

The so-called “pet relief area” is located behind the security checkpoints in the U.S. departures terminal and was designed for travellers with assistance or companion animals as well as other four-legged passengers.

Prior to the installation of the new loo, travellers had to leave the secured area to let their pets relieve themselves and then check through security again.

The pet-friendly restroom features a puppy potty and a grass floor as well as features to allow easy access for people with disabilities.

“We have developed it with the passenger with a disability in mind,” Reg Krake of the Vancouver Airport Authority said. “So [for] people who have vision loss — there’s Braille signage, there’s motion detectors to allow the doors to open and close seamlessly. If you’re travelling in a wheelchair, the counters are set low so it’s easy for them to work with their animal before they travel.”

The pet-friendly restroom features a puppy potty and a grass floor. (Courtesy: YVR)

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