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Longest-serving passenger screening canine at Sea-Tac Airport retires

By: KIRO 7 News Staff

SeaTac, Wash. – The longest-serving passenger screening canine at Sea-Tac Airport, K-9 Bela, officially retired Wednesday.

K-9 Bela, an 8-year-old black labrador, began working as a passenger screening canine at Sea-Tac Airport in 2014 alongside her handler, Tim Nye.

Nye said in her years of service, every day was a play day for Bela and she still hasn’t realized that her work at Sea-Tac is over. 

“I thought a little bit about it last night. You know, we’ve been together a long time. When we did her last run this morning, it really hit me. She doesn’t know it yet. She’s still trying to work right now,” Nye said. 

Nye said he will continue working at Sea-Tac airport with a new canine but will officially adopt Bela so she can enjoy a relaxing retirement at home. 

“We’re going to have a long career at home together,” Nye said. 

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