Canine security demonstration at Lambert Airport
ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Authorities at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will soon have another tool to make the airport safer.
Explosives detection dogs from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon start working at Lambert. They will be at security checkpoints.
On Tuesday morning, the TSA demonstrated how the dogs will help sniff out explosives. The TSA inspector and handler in the demonstration will be working at Lambert.
“I want the passengers to feel a lot safer-not to say that our security process isn’t already safe-but just for them to know that this is an additional layer that we’ve deployed here to make the passengers feel safe about traveling,” said Jasmine Bourne, a TSA canine handler.
The canines are specially trained to follow the scent of explosives through the air at busy airports.
In the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels having explosive sniffing dogs at airports is critical.
“What’s unique about our passenger screening team is that they can screen passengers in the live checkpoint environment. So they’re trained to pick up scents and odors as people move through the facility,” said Jim Spriggs, the TSA’s Federal Security Director in Missouri.
The dog in Tuesday’s demonstration will be on-duty in the coming weeks.
The plan is to have one in each terminal by the end of May.