February 2, 2014
Almost 24 bomb-sniffing canines were brought to the Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday, in efforts to bolster security ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.
Officials from the Transportation Security Administration who spoke with the Associated Press showed reporters ways the dogs detected various kinds of explosives using their highly trained sense of smell. This particular group of dogs were trained to sit down when picking up the scent of a bomb, to avoid creating a scene or drawing attention to a particular person.
According to TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein, the canines go through 12 weeks of specialty training with specific trainers. Farbstein told AP that these dogs are most often of either Lab mix or Labrador descent.
LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports haven’t added more bomb-sniffing dogs, AP reported.