February 20, 2006, - 10:04 am

Lost Whippet: Another Hint That Airport Security Isn’t Great

By Debbie Schlussel
For the latest in examples that airport security is more porous than ever, we turn to the sports pages and a dog show.
A woman’s award-winning show-dog, a whippet, is lost somewhere around New York’s Kennedy Airport. The dog escaped at Kennedy, and after a 24-hour search, it still cannot be found. What if the dog were instead an Islamic terrorist? Or a dog planted with explosives (which Muslim terrorists have, indeed, done in Israel, FYI)?
If our own airport security is this bad, imagine how bad port security controlled by a Dubaian/United Arab Emirates company will be?

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Here’s some of the AP coverage:

Searchers covered the airport’s nearly 5,000 acres over a 24-hour period but did not spot the short-haired, greyhound-like dog, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
The 3-year-old whippet, formally known as Champion Bohem C’est La Vie and answering to Vivi, had won an award of merit at the Westminster Kennel Club show this week. The dog apparently escaped her travel cage on the tarmac Wednesday as she was about to be loaded onto a Delta Air Lines flight home to California.

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6 Responses

Small dogs. It might have taken a run through an engine and not been much noticed. But more likely, with all the noise, it probably ran or went into hiding. If it isn’t deaf by now.

Shannon on February 20, 2006 at 10:32 am

This sad accident has nothing to do with security. Pet getting out of control in the airport is a nithmare. Once it is out, nothing can be done.

InplainviewMonitor on February 20, 2006 at 12:53 pm

The dog had an estimated value of $50,000 according to its owners who breed and show these dogs. Do you think dirt-for-brains handling the dog’s cage knew that? It seems that everyone is quick to blame the dog.
Greyhounds may be faster, but on the beach, I have never seen anything faster, these dogs are so quick you have to see them to believe them.

code7 on February 20, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Radio collars are not cheap, but they resolve problems like this.
http://www.gundogsupply.com/tracker-radio-collars.html

InplainviewMonitor on February 20, 2006 at 3:28 pm

For all those blaming the dog; many explosives, weapons, etc. are much smaller than the dog and easier to hide. The knives used to subdue the crew on 9/11 for example….

hairymon on February 20, 2006 at 9:25 pm

This dog search has nothing to do with airport security. The comment made that “after 24 hours” the dog “still can’t be found” is almost humorous, because it’s obvious the author has never captured a Whippet before. These are the fastest dogs you’ll ever see, and attempting to catch another breed of dog holds no comparison to the capture of a Whippet. They are quick, clever, and extremely intelligent. This hunt could go on for several days, and I do speak from experience. Debbie, you need to write about a subject of which you know something..because this clearly has NOTHING to do with security. It’s simply a very fast dog. End of story.
FYI, TERRORISTS USE ANIMALS–THEY DO IN THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES ALL THE TIME. YOU THINK THEY PUT WHIPPETS ON THEIR HOLY LIST OF ANIMALS PROHBITIED BY ALLAH FOR USE WITH EXPLOSIVES? NOT. IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH SECURITY. AND FYI, I’M SURE MOST OF US HAVE NEVER CAPTURED A WHIPPET BEFORE. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO COMMIT SUICIDE TO KNOW YOU’RE AGAINST IT. (Caps used for differentiation of response to comment.)
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

WhippetWatcher on February 21, 2006 at 7:12 pm

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