Aviation

American Airlines’ emBark program lets you cuddle dogs at Sydney Airport

Breaking news! You can now cuddle, pet, and take pictures with dogs as you check-in for your flight.

You can find some adorable assistance dogs at the American Airlines’ ticket counters two days a week. Yep, really.

The American Airlines emBark program highlights the life-changing work done by Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA).

And now, in an Australian first, twice a week at American’s ticket counters at Sydney Airport, travellers are able to enjoy the company of ADA’s fully qualified Assistance Dogs whilst checking in to their flights.

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“American’s team at SYD has seen firsthand the smiles, relief and confidence emBark can give our customers while they check-in for their flights,” said Russ Fortson, American’s Managing Director – Asia Pacific.

“Every Tuesday and Thursday that the emBark program runs, the atmosphere at check-in is noticeably lighter and more relaxed.

“If these inspiring dogs can accomplish this during short interactions with our customers, imagine the positive impact they can have on the daily lives of the people who need them,” he added.

We honestly can’t think of a better way to check into a flight.

Pictures, cuddles and petting are welcome and American hopes customers’ interactions with these incredible dogs will inspire them to support ADA and the life-transforming services it provides to Australians with physical disabilities, PTSD and autism.

“Our remarkable Assistance Dogs provide improved health, confidence and independence to individuals who need them,” said Richard Lord, Chief Executive Officer of Assistance Dogs Australia.

“While we provide these Assistance Dogs and support services free-of-charge, each dog takes two years and more than $35,000 to become fully qualified, trained and placed. By collaborating with American Airlines to create emBark, we hope some travellers will be moved to support our work.”

Make sure you book your next flight to the U.S. with American Airlines, and come and check out the emBark program first-hand.

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