AMERICAS: US still has holes in cargo screening security

Despite meeting the deadline for 100 per cent domestic cargo screening, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) still has gaping holes in its security, claim government oversight inspectors. “We identified vulnerabilities in the cargo screening procedures employed by air carriers and cargo screening facilities to detect and prevent explosives from being shipped in air cargo […]


Despite meeting the deadline for 100 per cent domestic cargo screening, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) still has gaping holes in its security, claim government oversight inspectors. “We identified vulnerabilities in the cargo screening procedures employed by air carriers and cargo screening facilities to detect and prevent explosives from being shipped in air cargo transported on passenger aircraft,” the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in its report, Evaluation of Screening of Air Cargo Transported on Passenger Aircraft. The inspector’s five recommendations and the TSA’s responses are classified, so the extent of the security vulnerabilities remain unknown. However, the DHS did say it was optimistic that the TSA would be able make “improvements” to the screening process.