EUROPE & CIS: EU considering blacklisting unreliable airports

The European Union is to push third countries to improve their security screening of EU-bound air freight, including by blacklisting airports deemed unsafe, German officials said recently. The EU was panicked by the discovery of a series of parcel bombs, which entered the bloc’s air-freight system from both inside and outside Europe. “There will be […]


The European Union is to push third countries to improve their security screening of EU-bound air freight, including by blacklisting airports deemed unsafe, German officials said recently. The EU was panicked by the discovery of a series of parcel bombs, which entered the bloc’s air-freight system from both inside and outside Europe. “There will be airports from which either no freight at all is transported (to the EU), or else 100-percent screening will be carried out,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. De Maiziere added that the criteria for blacklisting should consider the reliability of local security checks, security staff and technical equipment such as X-rays. The European Commission presented an ‘action plan’on how to tighten screening of air freight without imposing crippling burdens on industry or airports. This includes setting new definitions for ‘cargo presenting a particular risk’; creating an EU-wide threat assessment system; improving information sharing between member states; and demanding that carriers who fly freight into the EU improve their security.