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December 22, 2015

United Airlines brings 'comfort dogs' to airports to reduce holiday passengers' stress

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United Airlines brings professionally trained comfort dogs to airports to help reduce stress for travelers.

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful. United Airlines hopes to reduce that stress with help from some of its furry, four-legged friends.

With its United Paws program, United Airlines brings professionally trained comfort dogs to airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington/Dulles.

The pups and crews will greet customers through Wednesday between 9 a.m. and noon and between 1 and 4 p.m.

"In ways large and small, all of us at United want to bring a bit of comfort and joy to our customers during this busy season of travel," Tom O'Toole, United's senior vice president and chief marketing officer, said in a statement. 

"We introduced comfort dogs during the holiday season last year, and they were very popular with our customers, so we're bringing them back at more airports this year."

Passengers have been asked to share pictures of their dogs in a travel setting or with a United Airlines logo or gear on Instagram and Twitter

Entries that use the hashtags #UnitedPaws and #UnitedContest will be entered to win two roundtrip tickets to anywhere United Airlines flies in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and Mexico.

United will also donate $1 to participating United Paws organizations for each photo shared.