ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Authorities at Lambert are getting another tool to make the airport safer. Explosives detection dogs from the Transportation Security Administration or TSA will soon start working there. They will be at security checkpoints.
Tuesday morning the TSA showed how the dogs will can sniff out explosives. The handler in the demonstration will be working at Lambert.
The canines are specially trained to follow the scent of explosives through the air at busy airports. Having explosive sniffing dogs at airports is critical in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels.
"What's unique about our passenger screening team is that they can screen passengers in the live checkpoint environment. So they`re trained to pick up scents and odors as people move through the facility." said TSA Missouri Federal Security Director Jim Spriggs.
"I want the passengers to feel a lot safer-not to say that our security process isn`t already safe-but just for them to know that this is an additional layer that we`ve deployed here to make the passengers feel safe about traveling." said TSA inspector and canine handler Jasmine Bourne.
The dog in Tuesday's demonstration will be on duty in the coming weeks. The plan is to have one of the canines in each terminal at Lambert by the end of May.