RDU INTERNATIONAL — RDU International
has a new security agent working to keep travelers safe.
The agent, a two-year-old yellow labrador retriever, was born in Minnesota, and was trained locally.
Decked out in her RDU security vest, the dog is already on the job, working alongside her handler to sniff out explosives.
"If there is something that is suspicious that we need to check out, then she's going to have the ability to locate explosives if they are at this airport," said RDU Detective Jonni Joyce, who is the dog's handler.
Bomb-sniffing dogs are prowling airports around the country, helping protect travelers from terrorists. The RDU dog's sensitive nose and smiling face will be found most anywhere at the airport.
"She will be very public. You're liable to see her on the curbs, you will see her up at the checkpoint area, you're going to see her working the concourse area, and you'll see her working parking decks. She will be all over this airport," said Joyce.
While the dog is friendly, people are asked not to pet the dog without Joyce's permission.
The airport is holding a three-week fundraiser to come up with a name for the dog.
Flyers will be placed in the terminals and participants are asked to donate a dollar with the suggested name.
All of the money raised will go to the children of Lt. Monica Carey, a Clayton police officer killed in the line of duty two months ago.