Securitas explosive-detection-dog teams receive authorization from the German Federal Aviation Authority

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Good ‘nose’: Further Securitas explosive-detection-dog teams successfully passed the examination carried out by the German Federal Aviation Authority. Thus, in 2016, Securitas will have a great number of high-quality mobile teams.

For many years now, Securitas has successfully been using explosive detection dogs, e.g. for the protection of event areas or particularly endangered objects. Following the special authorization granted by the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA, Luftfahrt-Bundesamtes), further Securitas teams can perform controls for airfreight logistics. Moreover, the Securitas teams can provide adequate support for the control of vehicles at airports or for additional controls of carry-on and checked baggage.

However, not every dog can be used as an explosive detection dog. Several conditions have to be met to qualify for this special task. Apart from a strong play instinct and excellent health conditions, the Securitas dogs must show a very positive social behavior. Power of concentration – despite many background noises or smells – is a key requirement for our detection dogs.

In Germany, aviation security checks using explosive detection dogs have been authorized since 2013. With the aid of dog teams, airports, airfreight dispatchers or express airfreight companies can have their transport goods controlled more flexibly and quickly. In general, Securitas uses one dog handler and two dogs per team.

"We have many years of experience in using explosive detection dogs, and we managed to convince the LBA by presenting our competent teams," says Dirk Fischlein, Managing Director of Securitas Aviation. "Thanks to the additional dog teams, we can offer our customers this alternative control method which renders our service even more efficient and flexible."