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A 2 year old was recently bitten by a dog at the DFW Centurion Lounge. Details of what exactly happened are a bit hazy, as is usual with this type of report, but the incident happened in the Centurion Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (DFW)
(SEE ALSO: American Express Centurion Lounge DFW Review)
Dog bites child at DFW Centurion Lounge
The 2 year old child was traveling with his parents when they stopped into the lounge. This is the old DFW Centurion Lounge from before it was refreshed / moved in 2018. According to the article, the Duffy family “didn’t see what happened next, but they heard it. “We heard screaming and blood went everywhere,” she said.” The picture in the original article looks like quite a severe bite.
Should pets be allowed in airport lounges?
This brings up the question about whether pets should be allowed in airport lounges, something I have written about before
The official pet policy of Centurion Lounges is that “Pets are welcome in Centurion Lounges as long as they remain in their carriers and with their owners at all times.”, though that policy does not seem enforced at all. This family observed that the dog in question was out of its carrier and without a leash. On my very first trip to a Centurion Lounge (in Las Vegas in 2014), I also saw a dog in the lounge just out on its owner’s lap (picture below).
While I do have questions about the behavior of the parents and the 2 year old in question, I also am a believer that humans have more rights than animals and their owners. So I’m wondering where this pet owner was when a 2 year old came up to the dog? I would think that you would want to make sure that your pet was not interacting inappropriately with a 2 year old. It also seems strange to me that a dog that has never bitten
CBS 11 also mentions finding 8 cases of dog bites at DFW in the past 4 years and half of them do not mention calling animal control, which is the airport policy.
Should KIDS be allowed in airport lounges?
Again, I am trying not to judge the parents as I don’t know the exact situations, but I am having a hard time understanding how 2 parents would not have eyes-on a 2 year old child. Especially in as crazy an environment as the DFW Centurion Lounge (and this happened at the OLD lounge before it was replaced, so anyone that traveled through there knows how crowded that was). I could understand a scenario with 1 parent and a 2 year old, or if there were multiple children, but with 2 parents, you would think that they would have a handle on it. I know that when my wife and I have traveled in similar circumstances, one of us would watch the little kids while the other went to the restroom, got food, etc., then we’d switch places.
As you can imagine given that I am a father of 6, I DO believe that kids should be allowed in lounges, but that also comes with responsibility as a parent for knowing where your kid is.
So who’s getting sued?
One of the other strange things about the article is that it mentions that during all of the confusion after the bite, that the dog owner (and the dog) just walked away. So (at least according to the sources I’ve seen), there is no identification of the pet or pet owner. The family is suing the airport (DFW) as well as the owner of the lounge (American Express)
(H/T: View from the Wing)