Bomb-sniffing dogs may not be getting the job done
Bring on the Quantum Sniffers!:
I-Team: Bomb-sniffing dogs may not be getting the job done
January 31, 2013 (WLS) -- A new government investigation suggests that the Transportation Security Administration may be wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on bomb dogs that can't detect bombs.
In the past two years, the TSA's "threat detection dogs" have become highly compensated government employees.
The cost of keeping bomb sniffing pooches on the government's payroll has almost doubled in the past two years, from $52 million to more than $100 million.
According to a new federal investigation, the worst part of the TSA's canine corps is that some of the dogs aren't doing the job.
For nearly one year, TSA bomb sniffing dog teams were secretly followed and videotaped by inspectors from the General Accounting Office.
According to the report released Thursday, the TSA's national canine program, charged with making sure bombs don't get on planes, is in need of fixing.
The investigation's most startling finding was that TSA officials are allegedly deploying dog teams to high risk airports but the dogs are being used for training or air cargo not for passenger screening as intended.
Investigators released videos that they say show TSA dogs failing explosives tests in passenger terminals.
One factor behind it, according to the report, airport dog teams were not in compliance with TSA training requirements to insure proficiency in bomb detection.
Each TSA dog team costs the taxpayers $164,000 dollars a year.
The government report suggests Americans aren't getting their money's worth if expensive bomb-sniffing dogs can't detect bombs.
Homeland Security officials said Thursday evening that they agree with the findings and TSA needs better oversight on the program and how it spends your money.
how long and how much $ to train a dog? i'm sure it cost as much, maybe more as a 220. you can probably put a sniffer in anybodies hand and train them to use it in 20 min, and if they are unsure on a reading, all they have to do is ask.
In order to ETD scan people at airports a larger company will probably license patent 13 and perhaps a couple of others to allow quick, noncontact, very accurate trace detection to satisfy the TSA's need for much much better high throughput portals than they had before. It remains to be seen if Implant will go after simpler portal markets. They do have a functional small portal now with a 150 as the trace detector.
damn rik, this is HUGE for IMSC. they can buy 150's, 220's a lot cheaper than using dogs. dogs are a lot of trouble and expense. i'm keeping my room mates while they are in europe. take it out 3 times a day, feed it twice. can you imagine trying to screen people and cargo and have to tend to the dogs needs in between, you known TSA getting ready to pull the trigger and buy up some sniffers!