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TSA is switching to floppy-eared dogs to sniff for bombs and drugs

Dogs with floppy ears are less intimidating, the agency says

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Nobody likes a tattletale, but looking cute might win over some friends. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reportedly phasing its pointy-eared dogs out of sniffing duties because people generally prefer floppy ears.  

“We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better,” an agency spokesman told the Washington Examiner.

The TSA uses hundreds of dogs across the country to sniff luggage for bombs or drugs. When a pointy-eared dog retires, the TSA says they are now making a conscious effort to replace it with a floppy-eared dog.

It may not be much comfort to people trying to fly across the country with a joint or something else illegal, but children apparently find floppy-eared dogs to be less frightening.  

“It presents just a little bit less of a concern. Doesn’t scare children,” the spokesman added.

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