Who is TSA’s ‘Cutest K9’?

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By on August 28, 2019 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Photo of TSA security dog/K9 Alfie with his handler
TSA passenger screening canine Alfie and his handler Jason

The Transportation Security Administration recently held a contest to have the public vote through its Instagram page on who they thought was the cutest among a group of dogs that work for the agency, and a winner has been announced by the agency this week.

It turns out that Alfie, a 4 year old yellow lab, took home the honor of being TSA’s “cutest K9.”

Alfie is a passenger screening canine (PSC) who works with his handler Jason at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport searching travelers in the security checkpoint. The duo have worked together to screen passengers and luggage for two years.

According to Jason, Alfie’s favorite transportation asset to search is an aircraft and his favorite treat is baby carrots. As a working K9, Alfie’s gets rewarded with a large squeaky tennis ball. Alfie is eager and enthusiastic while working, but enjoys hanging out in the backyard with Jason at home.

Alfie was one of four TSA K9 candidates that also included “Muk” from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport; “Figor” from Chicago Midway International Airport; and “Donna” from St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The dogs were nominated by TSA handlers from airports around the country.

The contest was held in honor of National Dog Day on August 26, and the TSA said that it received more than 100,000 votes.

The TSA has more than 400 PSC teams that work primarily at airports across the country who are also trained to work in non-aviation transportation venues. While PSCs are sociable, TSA said that they are working dogs and they should not be petted or fed by anyone except their handlers.

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