MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A technology pioneered in Alabama may soon contribute to airport safety nationwide.
Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers is urging the Homeland Security Department to look into the abilities of dogs specially trained in Alabama.
Rogers is on the Homeland Security Committe and he says it's likely he can get these dogs into the budget.
The type of dog training was actually developed at Auburn University and now dogs are undergoing training at Fort McLellan.
Many airline passengers don't like being sniffed by a dog but vapor-wake canines can smell explosives without even getting up close.
"What many people don't realize is we have this trained canine that does not have to smell you personally, you just have to walk by and they detect in your wake the vapor of explosives," states Rogers.
Rogers says dogs are already being used in the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington, even the secret service is looking into them.
He says his pilot program, which is likely to get into the Homeland Security Authorization Bill, would put the dogs at a small and large airport next year to see how they do.