Sea-Tac Airport to Get Additional Bomb-Sniffing Dogs to Improve Security Wait Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Transit Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske informed the Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will receive three additional passenger screening canine teams to improve security checkpoint wait times, bringing the total number to 15 passenger screening canines.

“These new canine teams will increase the capacity of Sea-Tac’s security checkpoints, allowing more passengers to be cleared in less time,” said Cantwell. “For Sea-Tac, being one of the fastest growing airports in the country, this is not just the speed of moving people through TSA lines, this is a layer of security that cannot be underestimated. I am deeply appreciative of Administrator Pekoske’s continued work to improve both security and the passenger experience at Sea-Tac and throughout the system.”

The use of canines has proven successful in the past, helping the airport reduce wait times by nearly half while maintaining a high level of passenger safety. Sea-Tac estimates that checkpoints with a canine are able to process 240 passengers per hour, compared to just 140 passengers per hour without a canine.

Cantwell’s comments on passenger screening canines can be found here.