Therapy dogs welcome weary travelers at LAX

As 1.97 million passengers are expected to pass through LAX during Thanksgiving weekend, therapy dogs will be on hand to reduce stress. (Photo Credit: USA Today)

Whoever said, “it’s the journey, not the destination,” has not traveled by air during the holidays. Crowded terminals, long waits, less legroom, and luggage fees add to a traveler’s disdain.

With Thanksgiving being the busiest travel season of the year, officials at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) are trying to bring holiday cheer to travelers. Thanksgiving brings more travelers to LAX than any other airport terminal in the nation. That combined with ongoing construction is bound to make a number of travelers feel a bit like Scrooge.

According to Hugo Martin of the Los Angeles Times, a record number of 1.97 million passengers are expected to pass through LAX during the Thanksgiving weekend; that’s a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

Most of the construction of a $4.1-billion overhaul of the airport will suspend from Friday, Nov. 28, to Monday, Dec. 1. However, the ongoing jobs that do not cease will cause travelers to pass around construction cones and temporary walls. Plus, several elevators will be out of service.

Officials at LAX say they are turning to trained therapy dogs to ease people’s tension. Trained volunteers with service dogs will roam the airport terminal to welcome travelers to LAX. All visitors can stop, chat, and pet the dogs.

So, having travel go to the dogs is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles International Airport