Traveling can be stressful, especially when it comes to navigating airports and passing the time during long layovers. North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport feels your pain, so it came up with a solution that will make travel bearable and incredibly cute: providing passengers with cuddle-ready kittens in the airport.
If you were lucky enough to be traveling through the airport today, you probably have noticed the Kitten Cuddle event. CMPD Animal Care and Control provided 10 little kittens for passengers to play with inside the Atrium. The experience was part of the airport’s TLC from CLT program, an effort to make passengers’ airport stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Cats have also been used for stress relief at other airports, including Denver International Airport and Calgary International Airport.
Not to be caught taking sides in the cats vs. dogs debate, the airport also has 31 dogs available for passengers to interact with before boarding. If the trend really takes off, you might find yourself intentionally booking long layovers just so you can spend some quality time with cute kitties.