After a little more than a month from its original opening, the Transportation Security Administration announced the first certified third-party canine unit kicked off air cargo inspections this week, supporting substantial operations and security tactics through the implementation of a regulated Certified Cargo Screening Facility-Canine (CCSF-K9).
“This program allows TSA to expand its network of certified explosives detection canines further enhancing aviation security,” said TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske. “The canine program is an integral part of TSA’s layered approach to security. This is a significant achievement for TSA’s explosive detection canine program.”
The screenings are part of the outlined requirements detailed in the 2018 TSA Modernization Act and support efforts to increase safety as well as create a program of standards moving forward. TSA Administrator David Pekoske commented on a press release back in October showing support for the implemented passage:
“This legislation emphasizes stability, supports TSA’s outstanding workforce, and modernizes the agency’s structure and operations.”
According to the release, the cargo screening program supports the overall goal of increased security and establishes a solid, regulatory framework directly involving third-party canines to assist in during the process. Noted as an “evolution in TSA’s air cargo security framework,” the increased screening efforts also support minimizing inefficiencies and create stability within operations and standards implementation.