EmBark on Your Next Flight with Puppies

American Airlines at Sydney Airport now has puppies to cuddle before flights for nervous flyers. Would you want this at your airport?

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Airports are stressful. Squeezing through the crowds and hustling to make your flight can take a toll on anyone. And that’s not even considering the fear of flying thousands of feet in the air. But American Airline in Sydney, Australia is working on decreasing that burden. How will they do it? With the help of some furry friends!

According to Travel + Leisure, American Airlines is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA). In a program called emBark (adorable, right?), charming puppies will be stationed near airline counters for flyers to calm their nerves with a cuddle before boarding.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the puppies at emBark are training to become assistance dogs, so in addition to making every traveler’s day, they are learning to socialize, stay calm and navigate elevators and escalators. The airport check-in is their final test before they are placed with their new owners!

It costs about $35,000 and two years to fully train a qualified assistance dog so any and all support is appreciated.

“By collaborating with American Airlines to create emBark, we hope some travelers will be moved to support our work,” said Richard Lord, Assistance Dogs Australia CEO.

So look out for these furry little helpers! The puppies will be stationed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Read the full story from Travel + Leisure here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

American Airlines at Sydney Airport now has puppies to cuddle before flights for nervous flyers. Would you want this at your airport?

Totals
41% YES, best thing ever!
59% No thanks
Males
33% YES, best thing ever!
67% No thanks
Females
53% YES, best thing ever!
47% No thanks

YES, best thing ever!

No thanks


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