Explosive-detecting dogs introduced in British airports to screen cargo

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The UK Government has announced dogs capable of detecting minute traces of explosives concealed in air freight are being deployed in cargo sheds. The dogs have undertaken a rigorous new training programme set out by the UK Government to prepare them for cargo screening. Dogs are already used by airports to sniff out contraband.

Free-running explosive-detecting dogs (FREDDs) working with their human handlers are being used to check freight for a range of explosive materials.

The dogs are already operating in multiple airports, and more will be deployed around the country as the number of approved canines’ increases.

In 2016, goods worth £178 billion were transported by air between the UK and non-EU countries. These detection dogs have the potential to play a vital role in helping to ensure such cargo is safe to fly.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Giang Tan