TSA Transitions To Floppy-Eared K9s Because Pointy-Eared K9s Are Too Scary

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske said that "floppy ear" K9s present less concern.

Arlington, Virginia – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made an internal informal decision to swap out pointy-eared K9s for floppy-eared K9s, in an effort to make the security dogs appear less scary.

"We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA...to use floppy ear dogs," TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the Washington Examiner during a recent tour at Washington Dulles International Airport.

"We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern," Pekoske explained. "Doesn’t scare children."

Branch Manager Christopher Shelton, who heads up the TSA Canine Training Center in San Antonio, Texas, said that the agency will still consider the overall quality of a prospective K9, and that a pointy-eared dog would likely not be ruled out simply because of its appearance.

The K9’s disposition, willingness to detect odors, and health are the primary factors considered during the selection process.

Many breeders have also begun moving towards more floppy-eared breeds, Shelton said.

The TSA currently uses five “sporting breed” K9s, including German Shorthaired Pointers, Vizslas, Golden Retrievers, Wirehaired Pointers, and Labrador Retrievers, according to the Washington Examiner.

The agency also uses two “working breed,” pointy-eared K9s – the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd.

During the course of the past year, 80 percent of the K9s TSA purchased were floppy-eared.

The agency uses approximately 1,200 K9s throughout the nation. About two-thirds of the force is utilized to check for explosives in baggage, while the remaining one-third screen airport passengers.

The K9s can also help nearby law enforcement agencies in emergency situations, such as a bomb threat.

“We train them at our expense,” Shelton explained. “We provide the dogs.”

It costs anywhere between $26,000 and $42,000 to train a K9 and human partner, the Washington Examiner reported.

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JBo
JBo

The country is losing it's mind.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

This has to be the most asinine thing I have heard of....... This country is doomed.

JDTpr7
JDTpr7

Good gawd... What morons.... The idiocy is uncanny!!

Patmandy
Patmandy

So people are afraid of pointed eared dogs checking their bags for drugs? And also children? Is this a joke? How much softer do they want America to get???

DocRyder
DocRyder

No problem with this. Trying to make the public feel less threatened and more comfortable is a good thing. We’re talking about a lot of children and elderly... They would be better served by training their employees to be less assholes and more competent though. TSA is a worthless joke with a near universal failure rate.