TSA reportedly phasing out pointy-ear dogs
At least one report claims you might see fewer pointed-ear pups working with TSA agents in the new year.
During a recent tour of Washington Dulles International Airport, TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the Washington Examiner that the agency is making a conscious effort to use more floppy-ear dogs at airports.
The Examiner reports Pekoske claimed passengers accept those canines better and they do not scare children.
“We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern,” Pekoske said. “Doesn’t scare children.”
On its website, the TSA says it trains seven dog breeds for its program.
Those include pointed-ear breeds like German shepherds or Belgian Malinois and those with floppy ears like Labradors and golden retrievers.
The canines help with screening passengers and cargo.
The TSA notes it has more than 900 canine teas working nationwide.