British airports welcome "Fredds"
After 12 months of rigorous training, free running explosive detection dogs (FREDDs), working in close partnership with their human handlers, are now being used on British airports to check freight for a range of explosive materials.
The dogs work alongside existing screening methods, offering a rapid and effective way of inspecting large volumes of air cargo.
The world leading standards that have been set by the British government aim to make sure that a robust programme is in place which guarantees and maintains the animals’ detection capabilities.
In 2016, goods worth GBP 178 billion (EUR 202 billion) were transported by air between the UK and non-EU countries. The detection dogs have the potential to play a vital role in helping to ensure such cargo is safe to fly. (ah)