TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Officials at the Tampa International Airport say they’ve generally looked the other way on their no-pet policy in recent years but due to a number of incidents, they’re going to begin enforcing a new rule -- and it all starts Monday.
Starting March 25, only animals that are traveling with their human companions or are official service animals will be allowed inside the airport. Pets and emotional support animals that are not traveling will no longer be allowed inside the airport.
TIA officials explain the crackdown is a result of pet owners simply not picking up or looking after their animals. From unfortunate indoor bathroom incidents to dogs’ paws getting stuck in escalators, TIA said they have finally seen enough.
Anyone traveling with a pet will need to make sure it’s either confined to a carrier or on a leash no longer than five feet in length.
Pet owners should also keep in mind that even if their pet is traveling with them, they’re still not allowed in an airport restaurant unless they’re a service animal.
TIA officials say anyone in violation of the policy will get a verbal warning, and repeat offenders could be issued actual written citations.