[nagdu] FW: Subject: O'Hare Airport Opens Indoor Service Animal Relief Room
cindyray at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 02:56:17 UTC 2015
Tina, thanks for sending this information. That will be nice. They will help
us find the relief area; then they'll take us in to the room where they want
to warehouse us. Actually this has only happened to me once. I think it is
good that Ohare and Midway are both addressing the issue. Do you suppose the
outdoor relief areas are all outside of security? The indoor one sounds very
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Subject: [nagdu] FW: Subject: O'Hare Airport Opens Indoor Service Animal
This is awesome news!
Tina and the girls>>Animal/Pet Relief Room Opens at O'Hare International
>>Date: Tuesday October 20, 2015 | Source: Chicago Department of
>>CHICAGO, October 20, 2015 - The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA)
>>announces the opening of an indoor service animal/pet relief room at
>>O'Hare International Airport.
>>Located past security checkpoints in the Rotunda area of Terminal 3,
>>the room is specially designed to accommodate passengers traveling
>>with service animals or pets. It is particularly convenient for those
>>with layovers/connecting flights at O'Hare. It will enhance the
>>traveling experience for individuals with disabilities because they no
>>longer need to pass back through security to relieve their service animal.
>>The recently-opened indoor service animal/pet relief room at O'Hare is
>>located just north of the Rotunda in Terminal 3.
>>The room has two, 2-foot by 4-foot pet relief areas complete with
>>artificial grass covering, miniature fire hydrants and pop-up
>>sprinkler systems to wash away liquid waste into a drain. In addition,
>>a mounted hose bib and reel is available for manual spraying and plastic
bags are provided for clean-up.
>>The room is enclosed, has a door with a glass pane that opens and
>>closes automatically, and is designed for wheelchair access. The room
>>also includes two sinks for passenger use.
>>"We are pleased to offer this new amenity for passengers, especially
>>those who depend on the assistance of service animals when they travel
>>through our airport," said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans. "This is
>>another way we are making O'Hare International Airport more accessible
>>to the traveling public and creating a more welcoming environment for
visitors to Chicago."
>>The room features two pet relief areas with hydrants, and plastic
>>bags, sinks and a hose for clean up.
>>The CDA coordinated with the Mayor's Office for People with
>>(MOPD) to ensure the room is compliant with the Americans with
>>Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
>>"The new indoor animal relief area located in the secured terminal of
>>O'Hare International Airport will enhance the traveling experience for
>>individuals with service animals, particularly those with connecting
>>flights," said MOPD Commissioner Karen Tamley. "This feature is
>>another step towards our goal of making Chicago a world class accessible
city for people with disabilities."
>>In addition to the new airside animal relief room, there are three
>>outdoor service animal/ pet relief areas located near the lower level
>>curb front of Terminals 1, 2 and 5. The Terminal 1 and 5 outdoor
>>locations were opened in
>>2009 and the Terminal 2 location was added in 2014. Midway
>>International Airport also has an outdoor service animal and pet
>>relief area located near the lower level curb front at the north end
>>of the terminal that opened in 2009.
>>Real grass, gravel or wood chips are used inside the fenced-in areas
>>and plastic bags and garbage cans are provided. CDA and custodial
>>staff monitor the areas throughout the day to ensure cleanliness.
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