Lufthansa calls for more efficient screening

Lufthansa Cargo has called for a more efficient air cargo screening process and it should be combined with the necessary measures to further enhance security levels, said Karl- Rudolf Rupprecht, Lufthansa Cargo’s board member for operations at the carrier’s annual security conference.


Lufthansa calls for more efficient screening


Lufthansa Cargo has called for a more efficient air cargo screening process and it should be combined with the necessary measures to further enhance security levels, said Karl- Rudolf Rupprecht, Lufthansa Cargo’s board member for operations at the carrier’s annual security conference. The key topic of the conference was the forthcoming implementation of the EU’s ACC3 regulation (Air Cargo Carrier 3rd Country), which is to ensure a uniform security level through validations of non- EU airports in a closed process chain. “ACC3 is a major step towards making world-wide air cargo transport even more secure”, emphasised Rupprecht.

Lufthansa Cargo is well-prepared for implementation on 1 July, and first validations of non-EU stations are already in progress, said the Lufthansa Cargo manager. But he also pointed out that in some areas of implementation there is still need for political action. The demand for additional transfer screening is a “step backwards” said Rupprecht. “Every air cargo shipment needs to be secured reliably before being taken on board for the first time”, he explained. “Transfer screening only causes higher costs and longer transit times – without increasing security.”

The company praised the use of explosive detection dogs. At the last security conference in Frankfurt two years ago Lufthansa Cargo had still strongly advocated their admission. Today, using the dogs is a reliable, proven and efficient way to screen shipments, it said.