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March 26, 2017

ROC trains future guide dogs at TSA checkpoint

Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in New York, US, has been training future guide dogs to move through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at the airport.

By Lopamudra Roy

Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in New York, US, has been training future guide dogs to move through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at the airport.

ROC has facilitated practice sessions for the guide dogs to familiarise them with the checkpoint screening process.

TSA officials screened nearly 12 puppies as well as their trainers from the Monroe Puppy Raising Region of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

The officials took another group of dogs to explore other areas of the airport and made them sniff around the baggage pick-up area, as well as navigate check-in counters.

“The collaborative effort benefitted the guide dogs, the airport and TSA."

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy programme manager Kerry Lemerise said: “We so appreciate the support of the ROC and TSA.

“They’re providing the puppy raisers of our future guide dogs a tremendous training opportunity.”  

The familiarisation exercise will allow the dogs to have a smoother checkpoint experience after they have been certified as guide dogs and return to take a flight.

TSA Rochester deputy assistant federal security director James Chapman said: “The orientation session was a win-win-win. The collaborative effort benefitted the guide dogs, the airport and TSA.”

The orientation session also enabled evaluation and reinforcement of TSA procedures for screening service animals, as well as TSA officers who were posted at the checkpoint during the orientation session.

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