Rick Scott Wants TSA to Explore Having Canine Units Screen Airport Travelers for COVID-19

This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., introduced a proposal which would have the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) study if canine units could help screen airport travelers for COVID-19.

Scott introduced the “Fly Safe Canine COVID Detection Act” on Monday.

“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,” Scott said.

The bill would have TSA “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″ and report its findings to Congress.

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., is co-sponsoring the bill.

Scott’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Monday. So far, there is no companion bill over in the U.S. House.


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