LAX has opened a new pet relief area on the site of a former smoking patio in Terminal 6. The “Pet Park” is LAX’s third: there is also one beyond security in the Tom Bradley International Terminal and another outside baggage claim between Terminal 7/8. Does this mean the smoking area is back?
Terminal 6 is transforming fast–it seems that every time I walk through there are new restaurants, more natural light, new gates, and now this:
But I have a confession to make…I don’t care about pet relief zones. I don’t own a dog and if I did I would not travel with him. I’m also not very sympathetic to so-called “emotional support” animals though I would certainly pull that trick if I wanted to travel with a pet…
I am concerned about smoking, as I have written about before. I am not a smoker and find the habit rather disgusting, but also hate to enter airport terminals through clouds of smoke (the huddled masses of smokers forced outside) and think that failing to offer airside smoking lounges in major U.S. international airports is culturally insensitive and a poor business move.
> Read More: Why I Mourn the Loss of Airport Smoking Lounges
So when I saw the new patio, there was some hope that it might also be a place to smoke. But no, there are no less than four “No Smoking” signs inside the new dog park.
Not that I would ever urge breaking the law, but there are no cameras out there and for the traveler who may need a few puffs between flights and does not have time to step out to the curb, well…
In all seriousness, I wish LAX and other large airports would bring back smoking areas. No passengers would need to go near them except by choice and employees would not have to deal with any smoke either, emptying ashtrays only at night after the last flight had departed.
What do you think? Yea or nea on airport smoking?
And for you dog lovers, LAX has you covered if you’re flying through T4/5/6/7/8.