Atlantic City Airport Practice Boarding

The Seeing Eye volunteer puppy raisers try to expose their puppies to situations which they might face as guide dogs. Because many of these dogs will someday accompany their partner on airplanes, officials of Atlantic City International Airport and members of TSA have graciously agreed to host future guide dogs and their raisers in the Fall and Spring. Only dogs that show maturity may take part in this. The first photo shows our group in May, 2018. The following photos are from 2017.

Representatives of Airport Management welcomed us, give a detailed description of the airport and described what we and our dogs will be experiencing. TSA officers explained the importance of the screening process. Dogs and their raisers are treated just like any other passengers. Puppy raisers have to empty their pockets, take off belts with metal buckles and shoes, all the while keeping their dog under control. Handlers and dogs must go through the body scanner alone. The dogs also get body pat-downs by the TSA and seem to enjoy the attention. No photography is permitted in sensitive areas.

As puppy raisers arrived with their dogs, there was time for socializing in the lobby

After being introduced to the airport and TSA officials, we proceed to check-In and TSA control

When we head for our boarding gate, all eyes are watching!

Waiting area for boarding passengers

Now there is time for a few group shots. Huck, Heiko and Hannah are siblings.

Some of the dogs wore red-white and blue scarves because it was Veterans Day.

The Jetway

Baggage Claim

We even got a shuttle bus ride around the airport and back to our parked vehicles.

A hearty thanks to officials of the Atlantic City Airport and TSA for a great experience!