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Israeli Firm Believes Mice Are the Answer for Airport Security

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 19, 2015

Israeli Firm Believes Mice Are the Answer for Airport Security

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Mice, rats’ more adorable and socially accepted cousin, may be coming to an airport security checkpoint near you.

And the crazy part is this would be by design, because researchers have found mice make great contraband-sniffing animals and don’t necessarily signal a need to call the exterminator. 

The Independent’s Simon Calder (h/t USA Today) reports mice could very well have airport security applications according to X-Test, a security firm based in Israel.

Calder spoke to X-Test’s vice president, Yuval Amsterdam, who explained the advantages of mice over canines: “They’re as good as dogs as far as their ability to sense, but they’re smaller and easier to train. They’re cheap, and you don’t have to take them for a walk. Once they are trained, they become bio-sensors.”

When reached for comment a dog simply stared blankly at me for several moments and then went back to licking itself.

So we have to assume the legion of dogs that keep us safe will be fine being replaced.

But will humans be fine with mice? Well, being one, a human not a mouse, I have to say sure.

We have all been poked, prodded, scanned, questioned and examined. We have stepped through scanners, sensors and been in front of wands. Our belongings have been confiscated, rifled through, dumped out, pored over and investigated by perfect strangers.

Bring on the mice, I say.

Hell, get a whole menagerie of beautiful beasts to greet us at the gate, because chances are we are running late and we could use the pick-me-up anyway.

And if the initiative makes its way to the states, there is no organization I would want caring for animals more than that crack squad the TSA, that bastion of respectability and care.

As for the potential mice detectives, they would be in cages of some sort and walked around various bags, sniffing and investigating, as mice are wont to do.

As Calder states, no airport in the U.K. has plans to implement mice to screen for various contraband.

And we imagine this kind of notion would take a great deal of research and testing before it’s rolled out worldwide.

So fans of the diminutive animals will have to wait a lot longer before they get to see these amazing sniffing machines at an airport checkpoint.

For the rest of you, rest easy. You won’t have to face the terror that is a tiny, little mouse—just those glad-handed humans who absolutely need you to dump that bottle of shampoo that is one ounce too big.


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