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TSA Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Back In Training


Two weeks ago, investigative reporter Jeff Cole broke the story that Transportation Security Administration dogs had failed testing and were being used, in essence, just-for-show.

Now, Fox 29 Investigates has learned two TSA evaluators, or trainers, arrived Sunday night from the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and began running the three dog teams through the paces Monday morning as the TSA works to get the dogs back to sniffing for bombs.

Fox 29 investigates first revealed the teams had failed to recertify in testing late last year. The TSA confirmed the failure of the dog teams and said the animals were being used as a "visible deterrent" until they could be retrained.

On Monday, that retraining started at and will run through the week. Early next week, the dog-teams are expected to be tested once again to see if they can get back to the job of sniffing for explosives at the airport.

Fox 29 also reported two weeks ago that about a dozen TSA dog teams at other airports had also failed and would need retraining.

Philadelphia city officials learned of the problem here from press reports. Only later did the TSA officially notify the airport.

An airport spokesperson said Monday he had not been told the retraining had begun, Cole reported.

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