AMERICAS: Napolitano calls full cargo screening impractical

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged that full cargo screening on all-cargo aircraft as proposed in the US Congress would be impractical and highly difficult to implement, she said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. A call for 100 percent screening is “an easy thing to say, but it’s probably not the best way to […]


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acknowledged that full cargo screening on all-cargo aircraft as proposed in the US Congress would be impractical and highly difficult to implement, she said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. A call for 100 percent screening is “an easy thing to say, but it’s probably not the best way to go,” Napolitano said. “Cargo is infinitely more complicated and comes in infinitely more shapes and sizes” than passengers. US passenger airlines recently met a deadline for screening 100 per cent of the cargo on passenger aircraft, but shipments on all-cargo aircraft are exempt from that requirement. Rep. Edward Markey, has recently introduced a bill in Congress to extend the mandate to freighter aircraft over two years. Napolitano also said that for the US to require screening of aircraft outside the US, “hundreds of treaties to be negotiated,” according to the report.