Entries in Air Cargo (2)


Homeland Security Establishes New Cargo Security Measures

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced several steps that the department will take in order to improve safety and security of cargo coming into the United States.

“Following the thwarted terrorist plot last week to conceal and ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the U.S., the administration took a number of immediate steps to increase security by tightening existing measures related to cargo bound for the United States,” Napolitano said Monday.

In addition to adopting inbound cargo targeting rules and “ordering a ground halt on all cargo coming from Yemen,” the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspectors visited with government security officials in Yemen to enhance security procedures necessary to eventually lift the ground halt on its cargo.

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Pilot Union Calls for New Approach to Cargo Security

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth(WASHINGTON) -- The largest pilots union has called for a new air cargo screening method based on risk rather than a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

The Air Line Pilots Association in a news release Wednesday asked for a tailored approach to screening amid concerns over cargo security.  

"We know that risk-based screening and other security enhancements are urgently needed to close existing gaps that put at risk passengers, cargo, and pilots, as well as persons on the ground, if a terrorist were to be successful in bringing down an aircraft over a major metropolitan area,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA’s president.

ALPA argued that all-cargo operations should use a threat-based approach that treats trustworthy and reliable shippers differently from those who are less reliable or less known.
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