The Unexpected Reason Why Airports Want To Hire Security Dogs With Floppy Ears

The next time you pass through airport security, don’t be surprised if you spot a canine officer with floppy ears.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has stated that they’re looking to hire more dogs with floppy ears for roles in airport security. The reason? Apparently, canines with pointy ears tend to scare children.

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In an interview with The Washington Post, TSA administrator David Pekoske said that the agency is actually deliberately trying to use floppy-eared pooches in airports because “passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean that security pups with cone-shaped ears, like German Shepherds, are no longer welcome. The TSA is hoping to slowly transition to using floppy-eared dogs over the next few years. Until then, you’ll likely see both kinds of dogs on the job.