You may be tempted to give these cuties a good ear rub when you meet them at the airport, but hands off! They have a big job to do.
When you're standing in what seems to be a mile-long line that hasn't moved in ten minutes and you're about to miss your flight, it's easy to give TSA a bad rap. But the reality is that TSA keeps air travel safe, and no TSA employee works harder than a working TSA canine.
For 12 weeks, aspiring TSA dogs and their handlers complete a vigorous training course designed to turn mere puppies into efficient bomb-sniffing professionals. At the end of their training, these dogs are able to use their powerful noses to sniff out potential threats.
These dogs allow TSA personnel to screen passengers without ever having to touch them, and they expedite the process to make lines move faster--meaning you get to your gate sooner.
There are over 900 TSA dogs of varying breeds working at airports across the country. The next time you leave for a trip, be on the lookout for these furry faces.
Mogrart is a real trooper when it comes to taking advantage of photo opportunities. He’s based out of the Chicago O’Hare International Airport where he works with Paul, his handler, to help keep our transportation systems safe. Rock on, Mogrart. Rock on. #TSAOnTheJob #DogsOfInstagram #WorkingDogs #IronMaiden
#TSAOnTheJob - Upton is an explosives detection canine at the Orlando International Airport (MCO). You can see he’s extremely happy about his work location. Upton and his handler are just one of many teams that help keep our transportation systems safe. Who’s a good boy? Upton’s a good boy, that’s who. #DogsOfInstagram #WorkingDogs
#TSAOnTheJob - Meet Doc. Doc is an explosives detection canine at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Doc is seen here enjoying a little time off on the cool green grass. You can normally find Doc and his handler at the airport working hard to keep the traveling public safe. Good boy, Doc! #DogsOfInstagram #WorkingDogs
Mogrart, Liza, Bart, and the hundreds of other TSA dogs working in American airports have a big job to do. Keeping air travel safe is no easy task, but these dogs are the best of the best.
Have you seen some hardworking TSA dogs? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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