Stop bringing your dogs to Tampa International Airport

Unless they’re traveling or service animals, of course.

click to enlarge Tampa International Airport is ready to start enforcing rules regarding non-service, non-traveling pets. - U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jette Carr
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jette Carr
Tampa International Airport is ready to start enforcing rules regarding non-service, non-traveling pets.


This probably should’ve happened a long time ago, but Tampa International Airport is finally cracking down on rules regarding non-service, non-traveling animals that have no business being there.

The policy — which the TBBJ says has been in place, but not strongly enforced, for decades — says that traveling non-service animals must be properly confined in a pet carrier if one is present, or controlled on a leash, when they are in the airport. An update to the policy cites Food and Drug Administration regulations in barring non-service animals at airport restaurants.

“In order to maintain our safety and cleanliness standards, we will no longer allow non-service animals that are not traveling in our airport,” Adam Bouchard, director of operations, said. Bouchard reiterated that service animals are always welcome at Tampa International Airport, but pet owners should expect to start getting schooled on the policy starting on Thursday.

A statement from the airport said that by the end of March, pet owners who are not compliant with the rules will receive warnings and possibly citations.

In short, you need to stop bringing your family pets to the airport just so that they can help pick up mommy, OK?

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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