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QAC, Hactl use trained dogs to sniff out lithium batteries

Qatar Airways Cargo and ground handler partner Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) are using technical detection dogs to help with airfreight security to sniff out hidden lithium batteries for the airline’s ex-Hong Kong flights. The detection service is being provided by leading specialist MSA Security, An Allied Universal Company (MSA), which now operates a team of security experts and sniffer dogs within a dedicated area of Hactl’s SuperTerminal 1 facility. The dogs are specially trained to detect specific odours, resulting in their ability to detect lithium batteries, whether they are in loose, palletised or containerised cargo. In proving trials at Hactl, an MSA dog successfully detected packages containing lithium batteries in PCs, and even a single power bank, located on pallets containing other general cargo. Qatar Airways Cargo and Hactl are the first carrier and cargo handler in Hong Kong to utilise trained sniffer dogs for lithium battery detection.

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