K-9 units an important part of airport security

10:44 PM, Feb 19, 2014   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When you fly to and from places, airport security is extremely important. There's TSA, Body Scanners and sometimes dogs.

Airport Security Dogs have been used successfully for several different situations at the Bangor International Airport (BIA). Everything from diverted flights to bomb threats. The K-9's are some of the most important employees there, asking for very little in return. It's as if just being there is enough for them. BIA police officer, Jeffrey Small, has been working for six years with his security dog Jovic.

"He knows what to do when it's training time, he knows what to do when it's work," said Small. "So there's very little prodding for me."

The pair spent their first days together at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas for training. It's not food that he's working for at the end of the day, but his rubber toy called a Kong.

"When he finds the aid he's rewarded with and he's never grown tired of it," said Small.

Jovic isn't the only K-9 unit at BIA, splitting his shifts with a Yellow Lab named Sony. The newest addition at the airport who has been paired with Officer Chris Desmond for less than a month.

"He can smell the cologne you're wearing. He'll smell the shampoo, he'll smell the tide detergent you wash your clothes in," said Desmond.

Some of the airport security dogs at Bangor International Airport arrive named by their trainers. Jovic came from Lackland Air Force Bases's Puppy Program. Like all other dogs there, he was named after a victim of the 911 attacks on the Twin Towers named Lt. Anthony Jovic.  

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