What to do with unneeded luggage

We’ll give you a hint, there are dogs involved.

We'll give you a hint, there are dogs involved.

Photo of dog smelling in an airport.

Photo by David Goldman for the Associated Press

What to do with unneeded luggage

2019-08-27 11:21:00

As you pack your bags for a weekend of travel, grab that old suitcase that is collecting dust and taking up space in your closet. Don’t take it to the dumpster, take it to your local Goodwill! 

GESMN works with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide a selection of donated luggage to use in training their cutest employees (no offense to the hard-working people scanning passports) …DOGS!

TSA uses donated bags to train passenger screening canine teams, who work to deter and detect explosives within airports. There are more than 900 dog and handler teams deployed, but even after they graduate from the 12-week program, there is a need for ongoing testing.

“It’s a constant balancing act when training dogs,” said a canine handler at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in a TSA announcement. “If we don’t have the dog find something in a while, his search behavior tapers off and we need him to find something to motivate him.”

Each canine team completes weekly proficiency training and annual recertification process, and TSA is consistently looking to Goodwill for new bags for the pups to search.

Interested in donating your unneeded luggage? It must be in workable and usable condition with functional zippers and wheels. Click here to find your nearest Goodwill! ​​