The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been taking care of security protocols across all airports in the country for decades. One of their vital services includes explosive detection with the help of specially trained dogs. These dogs are not only trained to detect the slightest of scents of explosives but are also trained to be obedient and calm while on duty. But a recent viral video has put the TSA in a bad spotlight as a TSA explosive detection canine handler was suspended for pulling the leash of a bomb-detecting dog aggressively at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The video in question features a TSA agent repeatedly tugging the lead of the dog. The TSA agent did not show any regard for the dog’s well-being as he aggressively pulled the leash, causing the dog to nearly flip over. The video was first uploaded by CatchUpFeed on Twitter with a caption that read, “This TSA agent is unfit to handle a dog.” The video went viral within a few hours, with thousands commenting on social media expressing their anger.
Another Twitter user, @stillgray, shared the video and it gained over 130,000 likes, over 32,000 retweets, and nearly 29,000 replies. The video immediately caught the attention of the TSA and the airport authorities. They launched an investigation and suspended the handler in question. The dog was taken to the veterinarian to ensure its health and well-being.
Several experts on the subject, including Michael Burkey, former police canine handler and owner of Michigan Dog Training, spoke about the incident. Speaking to FOX 2, Burkey said, “We do turn-arounds that the dog has to adjust to the handler, but to just drag him [the dog] like that, where he almost flips over is just inappropriate. The dog wasn’t ready to be put in that situation with that many distractions. There should have been more training of the dog and more training of the handler.”
He further stated that “the TSA agent obviously showed lack of training.” He also pondered the dog’s condition, asking, “What damage was done to that dog? That dog is going to suffer some emotional stress, and it’s going to affect their performance.”
TSA was quick to issue a statement regarding the incident, expressing their dismay over the handler’s behavior. They said, “The behavior displayed by this handler is unacceptable and not within the high standards we hold our officers to.”
TSA also stated that they were investigating the incident, and the agent in question has been suspended. They also reassured the public that they had taken the dog to a veterinarian for a wellness exam.
This incident has drawn a lot of attention as it seems to question the competency and training of the handlers and the dogs themselves. It highlights the importance of proper training, not just for TSA agents but also for dog handlers in general. The TSA has always been a prime example of how security is taken seriously in the aviation industry, and this video has only raised the concern amongst the general public.
In conclusion, the incident at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a prime example of why proper training and protocol are of utmost importance in any industry. The TSA is known for providing excellent service in the aviation industry, and they should ensure that their handlers and dogs receive the highest level of training to avoid any such incidents in the future. The incident highlights the need for continued public scrutiny to ensure that TSA and other agencies maintain their high standards, and the welfare of their canine employees is not compromised.