1 year ago
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Airports Need More Bomb Sniffing Dogs
Many "experts" have said that there's no way to "harden" airports and other public places to such attacks, but I disagree. Bomb sniffing dogs are IDEAL for this task, and would be able to easily detect plastique, TATP, TNT, or any of a dozen other explosives. They could (and should) be applied curb-side, as people disembark from their cars, taxis, buses, and shuttles, at airports and train stations. They could also be applied at turn styles for subway stations.
Working dogs, like bomb sniffers, love to be worked hard by their handlers. They see the hunt for what they've been trained to sniff as "a game" and they live to make their handlers delighted. The more bags they can sniff, the happier the dog can be. Let them work. Re-purpose ALL the dogs used in Iraq previously looking for IEDs to now look for suicidal, cowardly, stone faced radical fundamentalists. 30 lbs to 100 lbs suit case bombs would be easily found by a well trained work dog.
Drug sniffing dogs - which are far too plentiful and for-the-most-part completely un-necessary in Western society - should be deployed less, and bomb sniffing dogs applied ubiquitously at every airport near a city with more than 1 /2 a million people, with includes just 35 cities in the United States. Thirty Five cities. So 350 bomb sniffing dogs... and a bomber in a vest or pushing a luggage trolley of suit cases full of explosives would have no chance of being successful.
But it's much easier to monger fear... and stir up rhetoric, than to apply a meaningful and straightforward solution.