Bomb-Sniffing Dog Alerts on Cargo @ IAD - Gates Evacuated

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by FriendlySkies, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    So much for the unbridled confidence in bomb-sniffing dogs being The Answer.
  3. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    Sorry, I am not seeing what the problem is here.

    Surely if there are properly trained bomb detecting dogs, who alert, then we WOULD want to clear the area?

    I would suggest this is a system that is good, and is demonstrating it is working, even with an occasional false positive.

    Dogs have little capacity for graft and very few morals.
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    But as several dog trainers have pointed out, using dogs on a mass scale, in the noise and commotion of an airport, will result in a lot of false positives.
  5. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    they do a pretty good job as agricultural detection dogs at all our international airports, so I am not so confident in accepting that assertion.
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Ah. Well, I don't know the conditions of search, just repeating what I've read in reports by people who train the dogs and have said they're not practical on large scale. But no doubt there's disagreement among the trainers, too.
  7. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I would assume that the dog was not among the "confusion" in the airport (i.e. security checkpoint), but rather it was out on the tarmac checking the cargo holds. Maybe it was a shipment of "Gold Bond Ultimate Healing" lotion (my favorite hand lotion that is so loaded with glycerine that I will not use it if I have to fly somewhere). :rolleyes:
  8. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I dare say even with the false positives that bomb-sniffing dogs are far more accurate than what is in place today.
  9. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Our procedures for handling dog alarms should mirror what Europe does. They don't get their panties in a wad over these things like we do.
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  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Or their hands in our panties...
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Is it available in 3 oz bottles? We could set up shop in a free speech booth at an airport & hand out samples. :D
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