Logan Airport tests passenger screening dogs

A bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois at South Station in 2004.
A bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois at South Station in 2004. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/File

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Not long before the federal government alerted aviation officials about a potential shoe-bombing threat earlier this week, Logan International Airport officials decided to try out a powerful new piece of explosive detection equipment: a brown Labrador-Belgian Malinois mix trained to sniff out passengers carrying bombs.

Dogs trained to screen passengers, not just baggage or cargo, are the latest addition to aviation security efforts, and Logan is one of many airports considering adding some of the furry creatures to its canine team.

“Dogs are the best technology we have yet,” said George Naccara, chief security officer for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs Logan. The Labrador-Belgian Malinois was brought to Logan a few weeks ago, fresh off a bomb-sniffing shift at the Super Bowl.

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