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TSA explosives detection canine teams

More than 800 teams deployed nationwide

TSA explosives detection canine teams deter and detect explosives within transportation systems across the nation. Currently, there are more than 800 teams deployed across the country in support of security and screening operations.

The explosives detection canine teams combine excellent mobility with reliable detection rates. Their use today includes searching for explosives associated with aircraft, airport terminals, vehicles, baggage and cargo as well as serving as general deterrents to would-be terrorists and criminals.

Highly trained, the teams undergo a two month training course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Certified TSA canine teams conduct several hours of proficiency training each week in their operational environment including all the smells and distractions associated with a busy airport or mass-transit system.

“Using passenger screening canines at checkpoints add an additional layer of security,” said TSA Atlanta Canine Supervisor Anthony Jones. “When active, a team can screen more than 400 passengers in an hour, allowing many of them the opportunity to receive expedited screening with no reduction in the level of security being provided.”

TSA uses a variety of different breeds including Retrievers, Pointers and Viszladors, and the dogs are bred either by qualified breeders or canine vendors.

Watch and learn more about TSA’s explosives detection canine teams.

Latest revision: 25 August 2014