Alfie was one of four finalists for the title. Others included, Muk, from Austin — Bergstrom International Airport; Figor from Chicago Midway International Airport; and Donna from St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The K9s were nominated by TSA handlers from airports around the country.
Now, a little more about Alfie from the folks at TSA:
“His favorite transportation asset to search is an aircraft and his favorite treat is baby carrots. As a working K-9, Alfie gets rewarded with a large squeaky tennis ball."
Passenger screening canines like Alfie have become a critical component in the agency’s efforts to keep the public safe. Dogs and handlers go through extensive training before they are deployed. All the canines take part in a 12-week course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
TSA has more than 400 canine teams at work — mostly at airports across the country. They are used to inspect cargo, aircraft, parked cars, abandoned bags and other stationary objects found in and around airports.
This post has been updated to reflect the full name of Phoenix’s airport. It is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.