While waiting with her husband for her sister to arrive at the baggage claim area of the international airport in Atlanta on the afternoon of Thursday, May 2, 2013, Susan Dubitsky was allegedly bitten by a dog who is owned by the Transportation Security Administration but was being handled by an officer of the Atlanta Police Department at the time.
The Atlanta police officer and the dog were passing by Dubitsky when it reportedly bit her suddenly in the area of her abdomen — supposedly without warning and unprovoked.
The dog allegedly attempted to attack Dubitsky again when the police officer returned with the dog a little later to check on the condition of Dubitsky, who was reportedly treated by emergency medical technicians.
The incident — which has supposedly caused Dubitsky to be wary of returning to the airport terminal baggage claim area — is currently under investigation.
The following is a video report by WSB-TV Channel 2 News in Atlanta, in conjunction with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper:
FlyerTalk members are unclear about certain aspects of this incident and have been asking questions as well as debating the issues pertaining to this situation.
First, why would the dog attack if it was not provoked? After watching the above video report, at least one FlyerTalk member speculates that the security dog may have sensed the scent of the dog owned by Dubitsky, shown in the video holding her dog approximately near the area of her body where she was bitten. Another FlyerTalk member would not be surprised if the dog was simply going after food or a “reward” of some type.
Also, FlyerTalk members want to know why would a dog — trained to sniff for explosives — be checking the baggage of passengers after they have already completed their flight and will leave the airport with their luggage once they retrieve it?
The dog was placed back into service at the airport — although some FlyerTalk members have been calling for the dog to be muzzled; while others believe that the dog should be euthanized. Other FlyerTalk members counter and debate that the attack was not the fault of the dog, but rather either its trainer or Dubitsky. Still other FlyerTalk members are calling for the handler of the dog to be removed from service.
Should the dog have been euthanized regardless of fault? If not, should the dog be forced to wear a muzzle while on duty? Should Dubitsky sue the Transportation Security Administration?
What are your thoughts as to how the incident happened and who was at fault?