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December 30th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Bomb attempt may lead to more sniffer dogs

Travelers moving through the nation's airports this week will probably see more dogs on patrol. They're trained to sniff out explosives in luggage and they can also smell a bomb on a person. But in this AM original report our Kara Finnstrom found out the public may not allow it.


Filed under: Airline safety • Terrorism
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. James Hanks

    People are ok with getting patted down and taking their shoes off, but a dog sniff is a problem? Bomb sniffing dogs combined with body scanners for people who won't submit to the dog sniff sound like the way to go. I just want that dog to be wearing a muzzle when he sniffs my groin!

    January 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  2. ronvan

    I don't care what measures are estabilished we just need to get it done, immediately! And people need to realize that they are going to have to submit to any and all measures so they are safe in the air! If they raise cain then they don't fly! And I do not want to see or have explained what type of security is in effect! EVERYTIME we talk and watch TV explaining security measures we are just providing our enemy with information to try and exploit their efforts.

    January 1, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    If a deviant Muslim MD. surgically implants Petn inside a plastic container in the faithful Muslim bomber's stomach or empty kidney cavity, no bomb sniffing dog, nor bomb swab machine is going to detect it.

    Current 3D microwave airport scanners do not penetrate the skin and organs and would not detect a implanted explosive either.

    The only way to detect a implanted bomb would be with a Xray, Fluoroscope or Ultrasound machine which penetrates the skin and organs of the subject.

    Due to the mutagenic effect of ionizing radiation and its clear documented risks to children and women of child bearing ages, herding passengers in mass thru Xray machines is not medically ethical nor for frequent flyers would it be remotely advisable to have repeated doses of ionizing radiation over and over again.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Sharon

    We all want the ultimate security measures taken in keeping our safety, but no one is willing to participate in the process – and all of us participating is imperitive. In order for us to administer the best security in the county we must all do and be involved in what's necessary to stop terrorists in its tracks. The old saying stands true in this regard; "If you have nothing to hide participating in better security measures should not be a problem." I'm very tired of hearing whiners cry out; "it is an invasion of our privacy" and yet they want better security. I myself am a very private person, but when it comes to being part of better security – when it comes to doing my part in feeling safer, I am all for whatever measures need to be administered and the whiners need to put up or shut-up! We must all be a part of the solution. We are not doing enough in the U.S. to combat terrorism. We are spending alot of money overseas in fighting terrorism abroad, but yet we have so many terrorists walking around our country ready at any given moment to try an attack. We need to hunt down terrorists livng and stalking here at home. If it means some of those living here from abroad temporarily are inconvenienced then so be it. This country is too worried about upseting those who are not citizens. As a citizen I am offended that my safety along with my country is weakened because we must consider those who are here on temporary cards/visas, etc., are not offended in any way. I don't believe there is enough being down to eliminate it here right at home. With the money and know how that has been used to hunt down terrorists abroad, just think of how many could be found and stopped here in our own country. We have to stop worrying about hurting the feelings of the whole – that is our weakest link. Just like those who cry; "It is an invasion of my privacy." If you have nothing to hide, privacy should never be an issue in exchange for safety of all and our country and the goal of the elimination of terrorism.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  5. Ron

    I was a narcotics dog handler in the Philippines and we used to search people. We would have a chain link fence between the dog and the person. That’s when narcotics dog had an aggressive response to finding something

    Bomb dogs can easily be trained to do the same thing especially since they have a passive response to finding something

    December 30, 2009 at 11:59 am |