TSA plan to use bomb-sniffing dogs is questioned

02/1/2013 | USA Today

The Government Accountability Office has released a report questioning the effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration's plan to add bomb-sniffing dogs to its passenger-screening program. The report highlights repeated failure by canine teams to undergo the required four hours of training every four weeks and a lack of monitoring of the dogs' effectiveness. "TSA has not deployed passenger-screening canines -- trained to identify and track explosives odor on a person -- consistent with its risk-based approach, and did not determine (the canine) teams' effectiveness prior to deployment," the GAO report said.

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