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North Carolina airport uses comfort kittens for pre-flight cuddles

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, August 10, 2018 | 10:37 pm
North Carolina airport uses comfort kittens for pre-flight cuddles

Airport officials described the program as a way "to thank passengers for choosing CLT and to extend our own dose of tender loving care to travelers." (Shutterstock/File)

On International Cat Day, which falls on Aug. 8, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Carolina in the United States hosted a special Kitten Cuddle session between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Passengers who get stressed and anxious about their flights could visit the Atrium and cuddle with not one, not two, but 10 cute little kittens provided by Animal Care and Control (CMPD).

Generally, it is common for airports to offer stress and anxiety relieving services, as reported by Travel+Leisure. They mostly come in the form of cuddling with dogs, pigs and miniature horses. For the first time, Charlotte Douglas airport is ready to offer a pack of fluffy kittens as additional support to their official staff of 31 service dogs.

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In a news release, airport officials described the program as a way “to thank passengers for choosing CLT and to extend our own dose of tender loving care to travelers.”

Moreover, by presenting cats from CMPD, the airport hopes to raise awareness about the increasing need for adoption, the facility has more than 250 cats and dogs looking for their forever families.

While Kitten Cuddle is a new initiative, fliers are used to seeing security and therapy dogs on site. Cats, on the other hand, have been used as stress relievers at other airports, such as, Denver International Airport and Calgary International Airport. (saz/kes)

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