If you can’t bring a tube of toothpaste on a commercial flight, it’s probably a safe assumption that a roasted pig in your carry-on won’t be making it through security. But that didn’t stop someone from trying to sneak in one through security at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Luckily, a six-year-old security beagle named Hardy — an esteemed member of the “Beagle Brigade” — sniffed it out and alerted customs agents.
Carey Davis, a Customs and Border Patrol official, told Fox 5 Atlanta, “Our best defense against destructive pests and animal diseases is to prevent the entry of prohibited agricultural products from entering the United States…this seizure at ATL illustrates the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners.”
Hardy joined the CPB after training at the US Department of Agriculture’s National Detectors Dog Training Center, and has worked at the world’s busiest airport since 2015.
According to US law, it’s prohibited to bring pork and pork products from other continents onto any aircrafts, as they can cause diseases like swine flu and foot and mouth disease. Upon entering the country, it’s also required to declare agricultural items, such as fruit, vegetables, and meats. Unfortunately for this passenger, customs officials confiscated and destroyed the two-pound pig (or maybe they just fed it to Hardy as a reward).