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Nov042010

UPS, Pilots Establish Safety and Security Task Forces Amid Recent Threats to Air Cargo Industry

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- In an effort to address the "unique threats" faced by the air cargo/express package industry "in the era of global terrorism," UPS and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding that will, in turn, establish joint UPS/IPA Safety and Security Task Forces. 

The Emergency Vision Assurance System, checklists procedures for smoke and fire, and transportation of lithium batteries and other fire/smoke hazards will be among the major concerns addressed by the Safety Task Force.  The Security Task Force will also be responsible for air cargo security measures, perimeter security and  threat procedures, as well as background checks for those with access to UPS aircraft.

IPA President Captain Robert Thrush acknowledged the daily risks facing the air cargo industry and added that "[IPA and UPS] also recognize the key role our pilots can play in the mitigation and management of these threats both from the flight deck and by working together to improve cargo security and screening."

The installment of these task forces comes just after UPS and FedEx shipments were the targets of recent terrorist bomb plots, as well as a fatal UPS plane crash in Dubai, which was caused by lithium batteries.

On Wednesday, The Air Line Pilots Association called for a more tailored approach to air cargo screening rather than a "one-size-fits-all" effort.

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