Transportation Security Administration K9 handler Tommy Karathomas and his explosive detection dog Buddy perform a demonstration at LaGuardia Airport on January 20, 2016 in the Queens Borough of New York City.
Photo: Bryan Thomas/Getty Images
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TSA reportedly using more floppy-eared dogs over pointy-eared ones: 'Doesn’t scare children'

According to some reports, travelers may see more floppy-eared dogs working at the airport than pointy-eared ones.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the floppy-eared pups will be sniffing out explosives in public areas, according to Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

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“We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA ... to use floppy ear dogs,” Pekoske told the Washington Examiner during a tour of operations 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. Doesn’t scare children.”

TSA trains seven breeds of dogs,German short-haired pointers, wire-haired pointers, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers and Vizslas, which have floppy ears, and German shepherds and Belgian Malinois, which have pointy ears.

TSA could not respond to requests for more comment on the dogs because of the partial government shutdown.

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