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Philadelphia airport dogs not up to snuff

All three bomb-sniffing dogs handled by the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport have lost their certification after having failed their last two tests.

And Fox News reports the problems may extend beyond that: Sources say about a dozen of the 700 TSA dogs at 85 airports have failed the tests as well.

A TSA spokesman said the three dogs in Philadelphia — after failing standard tests in November and December — are continuing intensive training to regain their certification, and are continuing to work at the airport as a “visual deterrent.” 

The dogs, trained in at Lackland Air Force base in Texas, completed the 10-week course all TSA dogs must successfully pass.

Ten other city police dogs assigned to Philadelphia’s airport passed the tests.

The TSA spokesman said the agency is working quickly to recertify the bomb sniffing dogs and assured the traveling public that security would not suffer.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time January 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Would like to know details of what exactly caused failure.
Is it the failure of dogs, handlers and/or training? If dogs, exactly what cause?
Overwork, over use, overwhelming amounts and variety of scents……….

Comment from Meredith
Time January 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

It’s Fox News. Who knows if it’s even true!

Meredith, We don’t just slap this stuff on here willy nilly (well, usually we don’t) — especially when the source is Fox News. We corroborate and confirm and do some sniffing around. That is why, even if you don’t trust Fox News, or even CNN, you can trust ohmidog!

Comment from bluhawkk
Time January 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Link to Channel 6 Philadelphia video on failure. Only 3 dogs to cover the whole airport? Fatigue and stress?


Comment from patinreno
Time January 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Once the dogs leave Lackland it is up to the dog handlers to continye their training at their home airport. Don’t blame Lackland when the real facts are unknown.