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Dogs comforting your travel troubles are back at Orlando International Airport after a pandemic hiatus


ORLANDO, Fla. – Travel can be stressful, but Orlando International Airport is bringing its Paw Pilot dogs back to alleviate these travel problems after a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The pups are back but with precautionary measures as COVID-19 is still a huge problem. The program was first launched in 2019 and allows travelers to the North Terminal to hang out a bit with certified therapy dogs. Nine dogs were part of the program that exuded dog love and joy.

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When COVID-19 cases began to rise, the program was halted to prevent crowds from gathering around the Paw Pilots in action.

“We hoped to bring the MCO Paw Pilots back once it was safe as the community continues to fight the public health crisis,” said Brian Engle, director of customer experience for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, in a statement. “We are so pleased that the timing feels right to resume this customer service initiative in an updated manner that provides improved safety measures for the dogs, their handlers and our passengers.”

Airport officials said the Paw Pilot pups will now be stationed near concessions across from the North Terminal Food Court. Anyone who has some time to pet is asked to line up in a special area and wait for their turn. Each guest receives a hand disinfectant before they can greet the dogs and their handlers. Masks must always be worn.


According to a press release, public favorite Annabel, a golden retriever, will be among the dogs visiting the North Terminal again.

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Janet Smith