Cabinet approved the purchase of 20 sniffer dogs that would be deployed at the Bandaranaike International Airport at the cost of Rs 12.5 million.
The purchase is a part of an endeavour to ensure the security of the civil aviation sector which has become ‘increasingly attractive to criminals and terrorists.’
“The deployment of sniffer dogs at airports as a secondary screening measure to augment security arrangements. Properly trained sniffer dogs and their handlers can be used to detect drugs, explosives, mobile phones, currency, firearms, carriers of diseases and other contraband items,” the Cabinet Memo by the ministry of civil aviation said.
National Civil Aviation Security Committee (NCASC), which is headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, has decided to purchase 20 sniffer puppies to be trained for civil aviation security operations. Since the ‘aviation security of the country rests with the Civil Aviation Authority, NCASC has decided that the cost of the purchase should be borne by the Civil Aviation Authority.’