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article imageAirline uses beagle to help passengers find lost luggage

By Mike White     Sep 24, 2014 in Odd News
If you ever fly with KLM and are in the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, a beagle may help you find any luggage you might lose, as a video that has gone viral shows.
The Huffington Post reported Sherlock the beagle is used at the airport as a sniffer. He doesn't sniff for drugs, however, but for items owners have lost. The video shows the dog standing at a cafe.
The Daily Mail reported Sherlock wears a cute uniform and uses his sense of smell by first smelling the lost item and then running through the airport to find the owner.
The dog is given the lost items in the plane and carries them in his jacket in a special pouch.
The energetic beagle runs through the airport with such items as headphones and lost mobile phones in his pouch. Sherlock has even been known to return stuffed toys back to the owners.
The video the airline released shows how the staff dotes on the beagle.
“I think he is a real asset to our company," Sandra List, a member of the Lost and Found team of KLM commented. "Our main goal is to return lost items to owners as fast as possible. I really love that we're getting some help with that."
The job didn't come naturally to the beagle, of course — Sherlock needed some training.
'We train for muscle strength endurance and of course socialisation," handler Dirk Van Driel explained. "When you see the reactions of the passengers that really is amazing."
Grateful passengers often pose for selfies with Sherlock.
"Despite the challenge of locating the owner, first results show that over 80 percent of the found items can now be reunited with their owners," the airline explained its success rate using Sherlock and other means, as reported by ABC.
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