Victory! More Than 100 Airports Commit to Not Using Glue Traps

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

More than 100 U.S. airports are committed to not using glue traps after hearing from PETA.


Both Boston’s Logan International Airport and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport led the way years ago, pulling glue traps out of their facilities following discussions with PETA.

PETA began reaching out to numerous airports after receiving a number of complaints from airport employees and travelers across the country who were concerned about mice suffering in glue traps. So far, the following airports are glue trap free:

Albuquerque International Sunport

Allegheny County Airport

Atlantic City International Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Block Island State Airport

Bolton Field Airport

Boston Logan International Airport

Bowman Field

Bradley International Airport

Buffalo-Niagara International Airport

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Chicago Midway International Airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport

Dallas Executive Airport

Dallas Love Field

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Danielson Airport

Denver International Airport

Dillingham Airfield

Eagle Creek Airpark

Ellington Airport

Eppley Airfield

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Groton-New London Airport

Hana Airport

Hartford-Brainard Airport

Henderson Executive Airport

Hendricks County Airport–Gordon Graham Field

Hillsboro Airport

Hilo International Airport

Hollywood Burbank Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Indianapolis Airport Downtown Heliport

Indianapolis International Airport

Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport

Indianapolis Regional Airport

Jean Sport Aviation Center

John C. Tune Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport

John Glenn Columbus International Airport

John Wayne Airport

Kahului Airport

Kalaeloa Airport

Kalaupapa Airport

Kansas City International Airport

Kapalua Airport

Kona International Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Lanai Airport

Lihue Airport

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Louisville International Airport

Manchester Boston Regional Airport

McCarron International Airport

Memphis International Airport

Miami Executive Airport

Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport

Miami International Airport

Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport

Millard Airport

Molokai Airport

Nashville International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newport State Airport

Niagara Falls International Airport

Norfolk International Airport

North Central State Airport

North Las Vegas Airport

North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport

North Perry Airport

Ontario International Airport Authority

Page Field

Palm Beach County Glades Airport

Palm Beach County Park Airport

Palm Beach International Airport

Perkins Field

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport

Phoenix Goodyear Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport

Port Allen Airport

Portland International Airport

Portland-Troutdale Airport

Quonset State Airport

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Reno-Stead Airport

Rickenbacker International Airport

Ryan Airfield

San Diego International Airport

San Francisco International Airport

San Jose International Airport

Southwest Florida International Airport

Stewart International Airport

T.F. Green Airport

Teterboro Airport

Tucson International Airport

Upolu Airport

Waimea-Kohala Airport

Waterbury-Oxford Airport

Westerly State Airport

William P. Hobby Airport

Windham Airport

And it isn’t just mice, glue traps are indiscriminate. Any animal who wanders across them, whether a mouse, bird, or any other small animal can become stuck in the glue and will almost certainly face a slow, painful death. When panicked animals struggle, they can tear their flesh, break bones, and become even more tightly ensnared by the adhesive. They die of shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss.

Glue traps are also dangerous to human health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that humans may be exposed to diseases when terrified trapped animals lose control of their bodily functions.

PETA commends these businesses for protecting animals and their passengers and will continue the conversation with airports across the country.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind