UK airport’s first team of therapy dogs introduced to calm nervous flyers

Therapy dogs will be flying into Aberdeen International airport to help soothe nervous flyers from tomorrow.

“The Canine Crew” as they have been dubbed will be dressed in high-vis jackets and bandanas and will work in pairs for two hours at a time once a week, both landside and in the air.

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Aberdeen International Airport. Source: Press and Journal

In an interview with The Independent, Aberdeen International airport duty manager Fraser Bain said that they are “excited” to be the first airport employing therapy dogs and they also “recognise the benefit to the mental health and wellbeing of our staff”.

There are fourteen dogs in total in the “crew”, including three Golden Retrievers, two Beagles, two German Shepherds, a Leonberger and a Pug. All of the dogs have “a mixture of brilliant traits and personalities” that will help soothe passengers.

Therapy dogs have been consistently used in hospitals and universities, but this will be the first time they’ve been used in a UK airport.

Header image credit: NPR.

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