Santa's canine helpers: now at an airport near you

Air travel is stressful, especially at this time of year and especially if you’re packing up the entire family. One airline is changing that by introducing Santa’s canine helpers at select airports.

On Dec. 21, United Airlines announced that it is once again offering a unique Christmas program, United Paws, this time at its airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, and Washington/Dulles. It will deploy 200 dogs and their handlers, reported the Los Angeles Times. Harried travelers can pet, scratch, and nuzzle the dogs to relieve stress.

The United Paws crews will greet customers from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 each day between 9 a.m. and noon and between 1 and 4 p.m.

The program was originally introduced in 2014, and operated at only one or two of United’s airports, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

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