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TSA Canine Program Enhances Air Cargo Security

Friday, October 17, 2008

The TSA canine program is enhancing explosive detection capabilities at air cargo facilities across the country.

In addition to physically searching cargo for explosives, TSA handlers are fully-certified cargo inspectors trained in compliance and enforcement techniques to effectively conduct inspections.  The teams allow TSA to surge resources when there is a heightened threat in any transportation system.

Through the program, TSA is deploying dozens of its own explosives detection canine teams to supplement more than 500 current law enforcement canine teams at airports nationwide. These teams, consisting of one dog and one handler, primarily search cargo bound for passenger-carrying aircraft at the nation's busiest cargo airports.

The teams undergo a 10-week training course at Lackland AFB in San Antonio and then must complete a certification process.

Photo of dog handler and explosives detection canine searching air cargo

In addition to physically searching cargo for explosives, TSA handlers are fully-certified cargo inspectors trained in compliance and enforcement techniques to effectively conduct inspections.

The teams allow TSA to surge resources when there is a heightened threat in any transportation system.