MSA Leads the Air Cargo Screening Industry

MSA Security leads the industry with the most effective, efficient, and expansive explosive detection canine solutions available. We have worked with the air cargo industry’s leading carriers since 2013, honing and refining our program to address evolving threats and operational requirements. In that time our canine program has more than doubled in size and reach, with teams deployed from New York to Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Today, MSA’s Windsor Teams screen more cargo on a daily basis than any other private provider.


MSA’s Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Deliver Effective Air Cargo Screening Solutions

The most effective and efficient way to screen cargo for explosives is with an MSA Windsor Team.  All teams deployed to air cargo environments have undergone thorough operational training in various cargo configurations. Whether it’s a ULD, Cookie Sheet, Homogenized Pallet, or Loose or Bagged Cargo, MSA Windsor Teams quickly assess even the largest of cargo areas for potential explosive threats – without disrupting business operations.

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The Most Efficient Screening Solution

MSA Explosive Detection Canine teams have changed the way leading carriers screen packages – increasing safety, improving efficiencies and lowering costs. It once took 6 hours for a single ULD to be X-ray screened for explosive threats. A Windsor Team sweeps that same area in just minutes.      

While screening via technology can be cumbersome, labor intensive, and expensive, explosive detection canines provide an efficient solution. In a dynamic screening environment, power sources and size limitations can challenge an efficient process. Rather than configuring your sort or freight process around technology, canines are able to work around your existing processes with minimal to no disruption.     


    MSA Canine Team Sweeping Cargo Area

    “A properly imprinted and trained canine remains the most effective and operationally efficient tool for cargo screening.” 

    Brandon Fried | Executive Director, Air Forwarders Association


    MSA Bomb Sniffing Dog Screening Cargo for Explosives

    "After $19 billion spent over six years, Pentagon realizes the best bomb detector is a dog"

    Dan Nosowitz | Popular Science Magazine


MSA Security is the Largest Private Provider of Explosive Detection Canine Teams in the World

With a commitment to comprehensive operational training, 100 of our more than 650 global Windsor Teams are specially trained and prepared for air cargo industry deployment. Over 80 are TSA Certified 3PK9 Teams.

The industry demand for skilled EDC teams grows more significant each day. Actively engaged with the industry, MSA Windsor Teams meet rigorous TSA CCSP-K9 standards and are well equipped to support third-party screening demands from regulated cargo carriers of all sizes. With offices and training facilities in key global markets, MSA maintains an ever-growing footprint with the ability to rapidly scale to address changes in the aviation security space.

MSA Global Offices
Hong Kong | Established 2018
Montreal | Established 2019
Toronto | Established 2019

Patented Advanced Alarm Resolution

Your canine team indicates on a package. What do you do next? MSA’s patented Advanced Alarm Resolution Process was designed specifically for the cargo industry and provides a layered step-down process in the rare instance of a canine alert.


This innovative sequence of three proven MSA explosive detection screening solutions blends state-of-the-art technology with uniquely-qualified subject matter expertise, as described below.

  • Facilitates comprehensive screening of all cargo
  • Prevents service delays and interruptions
  • Alleviates unnecessary evacuations and business disruptions
  • Avoids misidentification and misinterpretation of suspicious Items

Learn More About TSA's Third Party Canine

Downloadable Content

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MSA's 3PK9 Preparedness Checklist
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MSA's Explosives Digest: Cargo Edition

Chris Shelton | Vice President, Air Cargo
Mr. Shelton is a 17-year veteran with the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), a United States federal law enforcement agency under theShelton supervision of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  During his tenure with FAMS, Mr. Shelton served as the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge of the TSA Canine Training Center. He supervised canine team training for the largest explosive detection canine program in DHS and was responsible for training, deploying and evaluating over 1,000 TSA and law enforcement-led canine teams for aviation, multimodal, maritime, mass transit and cargo environments. Mr. Shelton was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Certified Cargo Security Program – Canine (CCSP-K9), the TSA program regulating the use of third-party canine providers for explosive detection screening in regulated air cargo environments. With a long-time passion for security and explosive detection canines, Mr. Shelton began his career with a decade of service as a municipal law enforcement officer.

Marc C. Murphy | Director of Air Cargo and Aviation

Marc Murphy serves air cargo and aviation industry clients by providing advanced security and explosive detection solutions that successfully address today’s security threats. He carries more than 18 years of law enforcement, investigative and transportation security experience. With the TSA’s approved third-party canine screening program (3PK9 CCSP), Marc has been instrumental in performing assessments and providing support along with critical information to stakeholders throughout the industry.  Marc directs MSA’s industry-leading air cargo and aviation program, providing customized solutions to help businesses operate safer and more efficiently, both in the U.S. and internationally.

MSA is a proud member of the following associations


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