Millions of Americans travel during the holiday season, as they make their way home for the holidays. However, before you can blissfully lounge in pyjamas all day eating every last gingerbread man, you’ve got to make it through the nightmare of endless lines, missed connecting flights, layovers, and cancellations.
But United Airlines thought of the perfect way to ease the tension, and make you enjoy your 10-hour delay. As part of their ‘United Paws’ program, the airline company is bringing professionally trained comfort dogs to airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, and Washington/Dulle from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23. The four-legged angels will be greeting customers in order to spread smiles and lessen stress levels.
The United Paws program was a huge success after it was originally introduced last year, so the airline decided to bring these furry pup back to even more airports this holiday season.
“United Paws is a wonderful program that comes at just the right time for some holiday travelers who may be experiencing a bit of anxiety or stress,” Veterinary Consultant Dr. Walter Woolf said. “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. I’ve experienced this recently and think this is a wonderful idea for holiday travelers.”
Watch the entire video below to see how these adorable pups are changing people’s attitudes about traveling.
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[Featured image credit: CNN]