TSA Moving Away From “Pointy-Eared” Dogs And Here’s Why

The German shepherd (L) is out and the golden retriever is in at the TSA. Pic from Mashable.

by Michael John Scott

Well, I’m not sure what this is other than doggy discrimination.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced it will transition away from pointy-eared dogs over the next several years, in favor of less-intimidating canines with floppy ears.

“We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern. Doesn’t scare children…”

…TSA Administrator David Pekoske tells the Washington Examiner that about 80% of the TSA’s 1,200 canines come from sporting or hunting breeds with floppy ears, including Labrador and golden retrievers, German shorthaired pointers, wirehaired pointers, and Vizslas.

They’re now preferred over the legendary German shepherds and Belgian Malinois with pointy or cone-shaped ears “because they’re just not as intimidating” in airport screenings.

Still, “the dog’s competence is most important,” meaning pointy-eared dogs won’t be automatically disqualified from future gigs. Some lucky pointy-eared dogs with high scores on health, odor detection, socialization, and disposition can still find lots of TSA work, but they’re more likely to be assigned to bomb-sniffing and specialized guard duty than be among the 400 dogs tasked with screening passengers.

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2 Responses to TSA Moving Away From “Pointy-Eared” Dogs And Here’s Why

  1. Timmy Mahoney Reply

    January 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    For once the TSA might just make a good point. Floppy ears are friendlier.

  2. Bill Formby Reply

    January 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Oh yes by all means, lets get some Bull Mastiffs. That will make every one feel just great and the kids can ride on them as well.

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