Honolulu TSA’s Kajla wins national Cutest Canine Award

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — It’s official, Honolulu’s Kajla is the cutest canine out of all the TSA dogs nationwide.

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The TSA announced the winner of the contest just in time for National Dog Day.

Meet Kajla–she’s adorable, obviously, but she’s no ordinary dog.

Kajla is an explosive detection canine who works with her handler Penny Fernandes in TSA’s security operations at the Daniel K. Inoyue International Airport. The pair can regularly be seen working in the security checkpoint as an added layer of security.

“A typical day for us would be coming in. We cover the checkpoints, the terminals the gates. We also cover in the aircraft, baggage,” said Fernandes.

In the past week, TSA held a three-day, nationwide contest on Instagram and Twitter, encouraging the public to vote for the agency’s “Cutest Canine.” Kajla was one of four TSA canine finalists in the contest and ultimately received the most votes in the final round of the contest.

“Tens of thousands of votes later, the winner was chosen, and we are thrilled today to announce that Kajla, a working dog here in Honolulu, was announced the top dog the cutest dog in the TSA and in the country,” said Department of Transportation Director Time Sakahara.

But don’t let her cuteness fool you. She’s on a mission to protect Hawaii.

“She’s able to go up in cargo, she searches vehicles, she is a force to be reckoned with.”

When Kajla is around, she means business.

“We also support other agencies, like the FBI, HPD, ATF, and U.S. Marshals.”

Kajla’s got hops! Courtesy TSA.

But just like any other dog, she can have fun too.

As far as she loves toys, “She is just a toy crazy girl. I totally enjoy that about her,” said Fernandes. “She works hard and she plays hard as well.”

On behalf of Hawaii, congratulations Kajla!

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