Reader Ahmé last wrote to us with details about the under-seat spaces she and Thomas (her Miniature Schnauzer, traveling in a large SturdiBag) encountered on a couple of different Delta flights. She kindly wrote again last fall, after she and Thomas had visited a pet relief area at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
According to the airport’s website, STL has two pet relief areas, both located outdoors (and therefore requiring you to exit and then re-enter the secured area):
“Each relief area offers 400 square feet of gated space with park benches, trash cans, plastic mitts for cleanup and even fire hydrants. Terminal 1’s animal rest area is located on the upper level, west end, outside exit 6. The Terminal 2 animal relief area is located outside exit 15.”
Ahmé and Thomas were traveling on Southwest, so I believe they visited the Terminal 2 pet relief area. To find it, follow the signs to baggage claim. Once you reach the lower, arrivals area and are facing the airport roadway, exit and turn right. The pet relief area is on the right-hand side of the building — here’s a view of its location from across the roadway, looking back at baggage claim:
And here’s Ahmé’s picture of the pet relief area:
As you can see, it’s fairly small, and the grass is tired. Ahmé noted that it’s right next to “a large area of beautiful grass” — all the more appealing as at least five previous pet owners had failed to pick up after their dogs (despite “great signage about cleaning up after your dog, a really nice garbage can and plastic bags provided”). “Why would I not just use that?” she asked, and I don’t have a good answer for her. Do pick up after your pup, wherever you end up letting her go — not that Dog Jaunt readers would ever be anything other than courteous.
Speaking of courtesy, thanks so much to Ahmé for sharing her photo! If any of you visit the other STL pet relief area, outside Terminal 1, please send me a photo and let me know how challenging it is to find. I’m adding this post to Dog Jaunt’s ongoing series of reviews of airport pet relief areas. To see others, visit Dog Jaunt’s handy guide to airport pet relief areas.