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More Trouble For TSA Bomb-Sniffing Dogs


Remember those Transportation Security Administration bomb-sniffing dog teams at Philadelphia International Airport that had failed to make the grade?

Well, there was word of more trouble Thursday night, Fox 29 Investigates' Jeff Cole reported.

He has learned that, after a week-and-a-half of retraining and retesting of the three TSA-handled dog teams at the airport, only one of the teams has been recertified to sniff for explosives.

Three weeks ago, Fox 29 first reported the TSA canine teams had failed recertification tests done late last year.

The TSA flew evaluators to the airport and began an intensive retraining program over a week ago.

But in retesting of the dog teams this week, only one passed and is able to go back to work sniffing for explosives.

A TSA spokesperson said Philadelphia International has "ample canine resources" at the airport, arguing the 10 dog teams at the airport handled by city police are TSA-trained and supplied.

An airport spokesman said his office had not told by the TSA of the failures, and it's unclear how the federal agency will get two fully-certified dog teams to join the lone team now working at the airport, Cole reported.

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