To Combat Holiday Stress, United Airlines Is Letting The Dogs Out

To Combat Holiday Stress, United Airlines Is Letting The Dogs Out
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United may not be in direct contact with Santa Claus, but they have some furry friends who can also spread the holiday cheer. This season, passengers traveling through various airports in the U.S. will get to see the United Paws team who will be giving everyone comfort and joy from December 21 to 23.


Let’s face it: the holiday season can be stressful. After all, there are too many things to get done before Christmas: getting the perfect gifts for everyone, making and booking travel plans at the last minute, packing up and hauling your kids in and out of airports. These can take a toll on your body, and that is why you need some comfort, the furry kind.

United Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Tom O’Toole said that the dogs received such a terrific response during the previous holiday season that the company decided to bring them back. This season, the United Paws crew is going around various major airports to put a holiday smile on a lot of stressed out passengers. In fact, United’s unique dog team are currently going around airports in Newark, Washington/Dulles, Houston, Los Angeles, Denver, Cleveland and Chicago. Moreover, United’s lovable, four-legged friends are also on duty twice a day between 9 a.m. and noon as well as between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The United Paws program is supported by professionals. United’s veterinary consultant Dr. Walter Woolf explains that the act of petting a dog alone allows for the release of oxytocin in the body. This is the hormone associated with affection and bonding. At the same time, oxytocin also helps bring down one’s stress level and blood pressure, letting the person breathe easier.

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So before you board your flight, go ahead and give these dogs a high paw!