Fox 29 Investigates has learned the Transportation Security Administration has two trainers at Philadephia Airport working to retrain one of the dog teams for the important task of sniffing for explosives.
In January, Fox 29 reported that all three TSA dog teams had failed to re-certify in testing last year. The TSA tested again early in 2010 and only one of the teams passed, one did not, and the other team was deemed not ready to be re-trained. That handler is now left his position at the airport.
Fox 29 has been told that the two trainers will work nearly exclusively with the handler and his dog to sharpen their skills.
The TSA released the following statement to Jeff Cole on Friday:
“While we do not comment on individual training events, canines are an important layer of security, and we test them on a regular basis to detect explosives. Philadelphia International Airport has ample canine resource to meet security mission requirements. TSA sets the highest canine certification standards in the country and requires both dog and handler to meet rigorous recurring tests.”