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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to deploy more bomb-sniffing dogs to airport checkpoints, a program that may significantly reduce airport security waiting times.
By implementing bomb-sniffing dogs, passengers who aren’t TSA PreCheck members can get some, but not all, of the privileges offered to those who are. Some of these privileges include keeping shoes, belts and jackets on their person and keeping liquids and electronics in their carry-on bags when passing through metal detectors.
After these passengers are screened by the dogs, they may enter through a newly designed security line that doesn’t require the removal of these articles.
The plan to deploy more “canine teams” (dog and handler) to more airports could begin as early as fall 2018. However, the airports that will participate have not yet been determined.
Bomb-sniffing dogs are currently being utilized at the San Francisco, Oakland and Mineta San Jose International Airports. Oakland International Airport (OAK) spokesperson Keonnis Taylor tells SFGATE that so far the program has been going very well.
“Explosive Detection Canine teams are enhancing our ability to screen passengers at OAK,” she tells the outlet. “We currently have two out of four canine teams fully certified, and look forward to the certification of the remaining teams prior to the holiday season rush.”
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