In an effort to keep up with the politically correct ways of the world, the Transportation Safety Administration is starting 2019 off with a bang.
The TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the Washington Examiner they will now make a conscious effort to use floppy-eared dogs.
The reasoning behind this move? “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of concern,” Pekoske stated. “Doesn’t scare the children.”
I recognize dogs can be scary for those who aren’t fans of man’s best friend. However, I find it hard to believe if a child at an airport sees a German Shepherd walking around, it causes widespread panic or fear. I envision quite the opposite, the kid pointing at the dog and telling his parents, “Puppy!”
The important difference here, is according to the Washington Examiner, about one third of the 1,200 TSA canines are used to scan passengers at the airports. The rest are used for scanning baggage and detecting possible explosives. The difference between a Labrador Retriever and a Doberman coming up to smell a person standing in line is palatable.
So the question becomes, “Which breed does the best job and will ensure our safety?” If floppy eared dogs can be effectively utilized to smell people and not scare them, great. If the pointy eared dogs are more effective versus floppy eared dogs, then we have an issue.
What are your thoughts? Are we becoming too “PC”? Should we forge ahead with the floppy eared revolution? Comment below with your thoughts.
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