TSA Great Lakes shared a post on Twitter saying that a woman sent her dog through the x-ray while she was passing through the security check at Dane County Regional Airport in Wisconsin.
They posted on Twitter saying that it was an accident for the pet owner who was not aware of how the process worked with traveling with her pet.
TSA Great Lakes said in the tweet to enlighten future travelers, “A dog was accidentally sent through the X-ray this week. When traveling with any animal, notify your airline & know their rules. At the checkpoint, remove your pet from the bag and send all items, including the empty carrier, to be screened in the machine.”
TSA spokeswoman Jessica Mayle also noted that she did properly contact the airline before her flight and told them that she was going to be traveling with the dog, however, when she got to the security check, she didn’t know that she was supposed to take the dog out of the bag and placed the bag with the dog inside of it in a bin as she was instructed.
Of course, after TSA spotted the fur baby on the x-ray scanner, they pulled the woman to the side to ask her about it and decided that it was an honest mistake on her part and allowed her to continue on to her flight with her dog.
Jessica Mayle told Channel 3000, “It looked like a backpack,” she said, “so they kind of put the bag face down in the bin, so our officers did not know there was an animal inside and they sent the whole thing through, and then, of course, our officers are looking at the X-ray images, they see a dog on the screen and they say, ‘Wait a minute, this isn’t right. So they got the passenger, they connected them, they talked to her and educated her.” She added, “In this case, it was just somebody who was naïve about the screening process and she just didn’t know the rules, so there was no malicious intent or anything there.”
A dog was accidentally sent through the X-ray @MSN_Airport this week. When traveling with any animal, notify your airline & know their rules. At the checkpoint, remove your pet from the bag and send all items, including the empty carrier, to be screened in the machine. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/JLOStCDsir
— TSA_GreatLakes (@TSA_GreatLakes) December 6, 2022
As you would expect, some people on social media commented on the Tweet saying that the act of letting her dog go through the x-ray scanner was cruel.
One comment said, “Accidental my gluteus max. Somebody tried to evade the rules, or become a headline … 100% purposely done.”
Another said, “That dog owner needs to be put in jail for treating her fur baby so cruel!!”
Another wrote, “So are we all avoiding the question of….is the dog okay?”
According to the FDA, the radiation that airport scanners produce is 1 milliard or less, which means the dog was never in any danger or harmed from being put through the scanner.