Dogs making life easier for passengers at San Antonio airport

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — San Antonio International Airport is coming up on 10 years working with dogs to make travel easier for passengers.

It all started in 2013 with a program called Pups & Planes, and several dogs were scheduled to appear at the airport today as other end-of-summer festivities were happening near the food court.

One of the dogs on hand was Hazel, a French Bulldog who seems happy to offer emotional support to just about anybody.

“She’s even come to visit some of the city employees here, and say the time slot is allotted for 30 minutes, she’ll often go over because everyone wants to see her,” said Erin Rodriguez, Senior Public Information Officer at the airport.

Hazel has been recognized by numerous media outlets, including USA Today, for her efforts to help people feel better. This includes time spent in Uvalde after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Other animals are being featured more and more at the airport with the idea of minimizing the stress or fear of flying for some passengers.

“We’ve had a lot of people asking when the sloth will come back,” Rodriguez explained.

Other animals featured lately at the airport include macaws, pythons and a blue-tongued skink.

You can follow events and the latest information at the airport by connecting on Facebook.

You can also follow Hazel, who has her own Facebook page as well.