United Airlines lets you beat the holiday stress with comfort dogs


Holiday travel can be stressful, so United Airlines is bringing in some four legged friends to make flying more fun. More than 230 professionally trained comfort dogs will be available for petting and cuddles at United’s domestic hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington/Dulles. Called United Paws, the project will run until 23rd, in the mornings and early afternoons.

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“Research shows that just petting a dog releases oxytocin, the hormone associated with bonding and affection, and also decreases levels of stress, helps us breathe easier and lowers our blood pressure,” said Dr. Walter Woolf who is a veterinary consultant for United Airlines.

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“We launched this program last year to help take some of the stress out of holiday travel for our customers,” said Mark Krolick, United’s managing director of marketing. “During the holidays we tend to have a lot of people who are not used to traveling as much and not as experienced in traveling through the airports. We are looking for ways to take the stress out of travel for them.”

[ Via : Cnn ]