NY Senator: Put More Dogs at Airport Security Lines

NEW YORK (AP) -
A dog specially trained by the TSA to detect explosives, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
A dog specially trained by the TSA to detect explosives, at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Transportation Security Administration to put more dogs on duty at the passenger-screening lines, in order to reduce long delays for travelers going through security at New York City airports.

The New York Democrat says that adding TSA workers plus the highly trained dogs would get travelers through the lines faster and improve security.

Schumer cited a regional transit authority report that the average maximum wait time for travelers at Kennedy airport during a month-long period ending April 15 increased 82 percent over the same period last year.

Schumer says the dog teams could cut time spent going through security in half, and without them he predicted the lines would become even longer and slower at New York’s airports, which are among the busiest in the world.