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TSA demonstrating canine screening at Salt Lake City Airport

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 18:05:55-05

Salt Lake City -- The TSA are now using Canines at Salt Lake City International Airport in an effort to prevent explosives being brought into the airport and on board aircraft.

The Passenger Screening Canines (PSC's) are specially trained to detect explosives and explosive components. TSA at SLC airport employ specific breeds of dogs like Labradors and Retrievers so they can blend into large crowds without making airport users panic.

One of the canines, Benny, used to sniff out mines for the U.S. Army overseas. He's now on patrol at Salt Lake City Airport with his handler, Thomas Scott.

While a team of canines are on patrol right now at the Airport, their handlers say that even though the dogs may look friendly it's best not to pet them as you're going through the screening process.

TSA have been testing this program at Salt Lake City International Airport since last December.