The world's busiest airport was "behind some other airports" in offering service animal relief areas, acknowledged Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council. But it now has the most service animal relief areas of any airport in the United States, after spending $3.2 million to build all seven of the facilities.
"These areas will offer a welcome bathroom break" to those animals, Council said.
The areas will be cleaned three to four times a day and deep cleaned twice a week, said Hartsfield-Jackson director of customer experience and ADA coordinator Steve Mayers.
Dogs and miniature horses are recognized as service animals. Mayers said. But other dogs and cats who are pets or emotional support animals can also use the relief areas.
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The new service animal relief areas were built to fulfill a new federal requirement.