TSA uses bomb-sniffing dogs at Indianapolis airport

The program kicked off during Super Bowl Week.
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The Indianapolis International Airport has started using newly trained canines to help sniff out explosive materials.

It's a pilot program put together by TSA officials, and it's underway right now only in Indianapolis. The program kicked off during Super Bowl Week.

TSA K-9 handler David Wills and his partner "Riverso" will always be on the move at the airport. Riverso is trained to sniff for explosives on people and/or their luggage as they move through the airport.

Jim Fotenos, a spokesperson for the airport's security contractor, says before now all of their K-9 units have been trained to detect explosive materials in stationary items like checked baggage or items left unattended by passengers.

TSA will look at adding more of the same type of units after analyzing Riverso's performance during Super Bowl week.

The dogs being trained in this part of the security program, including Riverso, are all named after the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. 

K-9 Riverso is named after Joseph R. Riverso of White Plains, New York, who died in the World Trade Center attack.

The labrador's bomb-sniffing skills are now being put to the test after Riverso received certification Thursday in the TSA Passenger Screen Canine Program. If all goes well, Fotenos says we could see the Passenger Screen Canines expanded to airports nationwide.