As we have been reporting, TIACA strongly supports expanded use of canines for screening air cargo, and believes this would be particularly useful at many U.S. air cargo sites. We have been working in concert with our industry colleagues to persuade TSA to take the necessary steps to make additional canines available for air cargo screening, in particular through certification of canines trained by third parties to meet TSA standards.
We are pleased to report that these efforts seem to be yielding dividends: at several recent events, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger has expressed support for increased usage of canines. And, last week, TSA issued a Request for Information (RFI) from industry on potential use of third-party canines to screen air cargo. TSA is primarily seeking comments from U.S. operators, but the RFI indicates TSA will consider input from other stakeholders as well, so interested TIACA members may wish to comment. Submissions are due by November 21.
You may access the RFI via the following link: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DHS/TSA/HQTSA/HSTS02-17-I-3PK9CS/listing.html