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Look Where “Don’t Pack a Pest” is Now

November 2, 2015

Eight Caribbean nations are partners in the program. Now it has jumped the pond.

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Agricultural Detector Dog Kingston with poster featuring Linus at the airport in Shannon, Ireland.

Thanuja Hall, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine handler who works preclearance at the airport in Shannon, Ireland, sent us photos of her canine partner, Kingston, in front of a Don’t Pack a Pest sign she has on display there.

Kingston bears a strong resemblance to Linus, the detector dog at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport and the face of Don’t Pack a Pest program since its inception in 2011. Beagles are the preferred breed for inspecting travelers’ luggage for undeclared items that might be transferring invasive species.

The Don’t Pack a Pest program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Its goal is to remind international travelers to declare agricultural items in luggage in order to avoid transporting invasive pests and diseases.

Partnering nations include Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

If you’re traveling to Shannon, Ireland, say hello to Thanuja and Kingston for us. But first, check www.dontpackapest.com to ensure you are not carrying contraband in your luggage.

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