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‘Beagle Brigade’ sniffs out contraband at airport to prevent spread of pests

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    Trapper the beagle sat down next to this bag and looked at his handler, Jonathan Saito, indicating that he had detected a fruit, during a recent morning at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The bag, belonging to passenger Krystyna Jennings, contained a banana, which is a restricted fruit. The banana should have been detected at previous screening areas but got through. Honolulu has six beagle and canine handler teams working for the USDA.

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    Divina Batangan had her bag checked by Patrick Tamaye earlier this month. At the agricultural inspection station, check-in luggage is scanned and inspected before going to the mainland. If something is picked up in the X-ray machine, the luggage will be searched. Nothing was found in Batangan’s luggage.

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    Above, Trapper the beagle inspects carry-on luggage at a departure gate at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. If he finds a restricted fruit or vegetable, he will sit quietly next to the bag.

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    These are some of the contraband fruits that were found in luggage (the past few days). The fruits will be inspected to see if they did contain insects.

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    Above, Kathy Barber putting her luggage on the belt at the agriculture inspection station, to have her luggage scanned and inspected by Buzzy Pahia (front) and Patrick Tamaye.

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    This is one type of larval insects that can be found in papaya.

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    Above, Laura Gusukuma-Minuto (Supervisory Plant Protection Quarantine Officer) with a bag that contains some confiscated fruit.

After roaming among passengers waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on a recent weekday morning, Trapper the beagle sniffed out a piece of contraband. Read more

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