Video of TSA Agent Mishandling Dog at Detroit Metro Airport Goes Viral
A TSA agent at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been reassigned after a video of the agent mishandling a bomb-sniffing dog has gone viral.
The video shows the unidentified TSA staff member aggressively pulling and dragging the animal through the McNamara Terminal at the airport. The dog is pulled so aggressively that his feet slide on the tile floors in the terminal.
Watch the viral video in the news clip below.
Video Goes Viral After Appearing on Social Media
The video was shared on Reddit by ProfessionalEye3568 who said she originally thought the dog was being unruly. But she went on to say that as she watched the video, she believed the dog's handler was being too rough with the animal.
“I was shocked at how this airport handler is dragging this poor pup around,” she wrote. “There’s no reason anyone should be flipping a working dog around by its harness like this.”
Other users agreed and the video was widely shared across social media platforms.
TSA Issues a Statement
Mark Howell is the Regional Spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration. Howell issued the following statement:
"Video showing a TSA explosive detection canine handler aggressively pulling a dog working in a Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) terminal was shared with local leadership this morning.
The behavior displayed by this handler is unacceptable and not within the high standards we hold our officers to.
TSA officials at DTW have removed the employee from handling duties pending completion of an investigation, and directed that the canine be taken immediately to a veterinarian for a wellness exam."