Passengers could avoid long lines and choose expedited screening via canine!
During the busiest travel days, such as the Sunday after Thanksgiving, TSA screens as many as 88,000 passengers in a single day at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, and wait lines can be as long as 52 minutes during peak travel season.
Officials believe one solution is to have more canine screeners, sniffing for explosives on passengers and carry-on bags. It would allow many passengers to go through an expedited screening line, without having to remove their jacket or shoes, and without having to remove their laptops from their bags.
TSA’s five current certified passenger screening canines at Hartsfield-Jackson include Miley, a chocolate Labrador; Jo, a German shorthaired pointer; Dougie, a yellow Lab; Balou and Betty, both black Labs.
Other TSA dogs are used to screen cargo. The bomb-sniffing dogs work in half-hour to one hour shifts at the main security checkpoint, sniffing passengers, their bags and the air for any hint of explosive materials.
Each canine team costs as much as $220,000 in the first year to cover the handler’s salary, training and certification, veterinarian services, kenneling, dog food, a climate-controlled vehicle for the dog’s break periods at work and other equipment, according to TSA.
Four additional passenger-screening dogs are currently in training, to work at Hartsfield-Jackson.
Could this indeed be the solution to better airport security at all airports nationwide?
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