PRIVATE contractors should be able to train explosive-sniffing dogs and make them available for use at government certified cargo screening facilities, urged the Airforwarders Association (AfA).
member Chris Connell asked the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to
finalise efforts to develop a programme for private companies to use their own
canines certified to TSA standards.
of private sector dogs will help to broaden the security options for freight
forwarders who operate airport Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF),
which are supervised by TSA, Mr Connell told US congressmen at a hearing.
TSA permits only the use of the agency's own dogs in cargo screening, and only
at on-airport facilities.
are not saying that privatised canines are a magic bullet when it comes to
screening cargo, but they are a potentially valuable part of this multilayer
approach," he said in a statement.
survey of AfA members found that 75 per cent of respondents, half of whom
operate CCSFs, would strongly consider using dogs provided by private companies
if they could.
of dollars could be saved at its LAX facility annually with access to a third
party solution deploying canines, said Mr Connell.
of specially trained dogs is one of several methods for screening air freight
that are identified in the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act that was passed
by Congress in 2007.