WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Rick Scott and Kyrsten Sinema announced the Fly Safe Canine COVID Detection Act, which directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct a feasibility study on the use of canine units to screen airport travelers for COVID-19.
Senator Rick Scott said, “As Americans begin traveling more, we have to ensure families are safe. We’ve seen reports that dogs can be effective in detecting COVID-19, and having canine units could provide an important additional level of screening at our airports. I’m proud to join Senator Sinema today to announce legislation directing TSA to conduct a feasibility study on the use of canine units, and will keep working to make sure Americans can travel safely.”
The Fly Safe Canine COVID Detection Act:
- Requires TSA to conduct a feasibility study on the use of canine units to screen passengers, individuals accompanying passengers, crew members, and other individuals who pass through airports for COVID-19.
- This study will require TSA to create a plan to administer these units if canines prove effective in detecting COVID-19.
- Requires TSA to submit a report to Congress on the results of the study and a recommendation on whether to deploy canine units at airports.