In the wake of the New York and New Jersey bombings , and coming on the heels of the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 last month, security measures like bomb-sniffing dogs are getting a lot of attention. Bomb-sniffing dogs are an essential component of security, keeping Americans safe at home and especially as they travel.
Yet bomb-sniffing dogs in airports across the United States are failing to pass certification tests, causing serious concern.
A recent investigation by NBC News concluded that in 10 major U.S. airports, K-9 teams failed to pass their annual certification testing more than 50 times between January 1, 2013 and June 15, 2013. At Dulles International Airport the K-9 teams failed an alarmingly high 10 times. These K-9 teams are funded by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
While some failures are to be expected, bomb-sniffing dogs are an important piece of airport security, making these findings very worrisome. […]