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It shouldn’t be stressful to take your pet through airport security

Traveling with your small pet at the Boise Airport

The Transportation Security Administration offered a demo to Boise travelers on how to take your pet through airport security. Follow these steps to get through the process quickly and safely.
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The Transportation Security Administration offered a demo to Boise travelers on how to take your pet through airport security. Follow these steps to get through the process quickly and safely.

But the security line isn’t always the calmest experience, even when you don’t have your four-legged pal along.

What’s the best way to handle such a trip? The Boise Airport hosted a demonstration Thursday on how to bring small pets through airport security. You can watch highlights from that in the video above.

Pet owners can do things to prepare ahead of time, said Lorie Dankers, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman. Make sure your airline will be able to accommodate your small pet. Also, make sure your pal is acclimated to a travel carrier, crowds and environments like the airport, Dankers said.

Once you get to the airport, you can take your pet to the “Pet Relief Zone” situated near the rental car area on the west side of the terminal. It offers your pet one last stop to do its business before a long trip. Inside, make sure you give your pet space from other animals in the airport, especially working police dogs, Dankers said.

The basics for getting through security:

  • Keep your pet in a carrier until you begin the screening process. Then remove your pet and place the carrier on the security belt. Don’t put your critter through the X-ray.
  • Carry or walk your pet through the screening.
  • Undergo an explosives-detection test, which is just a simple hand swab that a TSA agent will perform.
  • When the screening is over, place your pet back in its carrier.

If you admired the little dog featured in the demonstration:

The puppy featured in the video, Mindy, is a 7-week-old Chihuahua/beagle mix. It will be available for adoption within a couple weeks at the Idaho Humane Society, said spokeswoman Allison Maier. Anyone interested in adopting Mindy can call the Humane Society at 208-475-0855 or email outreach@idahohumanesociety.org.

Mindy came from California this week with about 40 other small dogs and puppies, Maier said.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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