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April 29, 2014

Airport, TSA add layer of security with K-9 units

The Transport Security Administration (TSA) and airport police at the Indianapolis International Airport held a demonstration of how their K-9 unites conduct threat assessments for the media this week.

The demonstrations were held to help the community better understand how the units conduct “real time.”

Mike Medvescek, senior director of operations of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, said he appreciates the added layer of security.

“We have really good cooperation between TSA and the airport authority,” Medvescek said. “TSA has the vapor dogs. They can catch the scent as passengers walk by. Our airport authority dogs have training for all types of chemical substances and explosive devices.”

The airport dogs were just re-certified last week.

TSA has three dogs and is waiting on a fourth. The airport authority has three dogs.

The K-9 teams work with behavior detection officers to do threat assessments. They then direct additional passengers to the TSA Pre✓™ lanes.

TSA Pre✓™ is a passenger pre-screening initiative. If the TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓™ lane, the passenger will be able to leave on shoes, light outerwear, and belt and keep his or her laptop and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on rather than having to remove them into a bin.

Passengers who are officially in the TSA Pre✓™ program have priority in the expedited screening lanes and this initiative will run at different times, depending on passenger volume and other variables. TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. It is important to remember that all passengers and their baggage are screened, whether in traditional or expedited processes.

TSA inspector Scott Crane and his K-9 partner Lenoir are just one of the teams working at IND.

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