AMERICAS: US targets 100% maindeck screening

US politician Edward J. Markey, author of the 2007 law that requires 100 per cent screening of all air cargo transported on domestic passenger planes and all international passenger planes entering the US, has introduced new legislation to expand the 100 per cent screening mandate to all-cargo aircraft. The move follows the recent thwarted attempt […]


US politician Edward J. Markey, author of the 2007 law that requires 100 per cent screening of all air cargo transported on domestic passenger planes and all international passenger planes entering the US, has introduced new legislation to expand the 100 per cent screening mandate to all-cargo aircraft. The move follows the recent thwarted attempt by Al Qaeda terrorists based in Yemen to ship explosives on cargo aircraft. “Al Qaeda continues to put aviation at the top of its terrorist target list, and our nation must close the cargo loophole that continues to put lives and our economy at risk,” said Markey. “Accordingly, we must respond through strengthened security measures,” he added. The Air Cargo Security Act is aimed at developing a system to screen 100 per cent of cargo transported on all-cargo aircraft within three years, with half of the cargo screened within 18 months. This includes establishing a system for the regular inspection of shipping facilities for shipments of air cargo transported on freighters including agreements with foreign countries to ensure that inspections are conducted on a regular basis at shipping facilities for cargo transported in air transportation to the US.