There is an old program from 1972 when somebody did a bomb threat on a plane called the that the(TSA)is using again called The National Canine Program. Since 1972 there has been put into duty 762 teams of dogs who work with police officers. The TSA wants to add dogs which they do when they get the funding and they recently during the last three years they received $101 million so they are going to add they are going to add enough dogs to make 921 teams. These dogs are going to be used to sniff airplane passengers, anything they carry on the plane and their luggage for explosives.
These explosive sniffing dogs will be in most airports by the end of the year.
This method was tested last year in June in a private place in a Miami airport. Then it was tested again in August in Oklahoma City. This month (February 2013) at Dulles airport in Washington D.C.. There has also been testing done recently at airports in Tampa and Indianapolis.
But there are problems with the dogs they are using because they are supposed to undergo retraining for 4 hours every 4 weeks. And another reason the Government Accountibility Office GAO doesn't keep records on the places dogs sniffed the best and what type of explosives the dogs found when they were put the dogs through suprise tests and a surprise examination of their records.
The GAO issued a statement that said, "TSA ahas not deployed passenger screening canines- trained to identify and track explosives odor on a person- consistent with its risk based approach , and did not determine (the canine) teams efectiveness prior to the deployment.
The TSA responded by telling travelers that in March 2013 they will watch over the program and see how the dogs screen the flight passenger in a way similar they examine the way they do cargo.
Jim Crumpacker, director of the TSA agency liason with the GAO and said, "TSA has developed a risk based deployment methodology that if it continues to evaluate and modify as needed." Then added, "TSA will deploy future teams to the highest priority airports as identified by both operational and risk based analysis.
In January 2008 the TSA started sniffing airline luggage . Since 2008 they have managaed to get enough finding to gather together 120 teams now doing what they started in 2008.
Also, now a locations local police force walks the areas with dogs at airports, ferry terminals and bus terminals.
By the end of 2013 there should be 120 teams of dogs examining passengers for explosives in airports.