US: TSA seeks enhanced screening capabilities for air cargo (with video)

Federal regulators want to improve industry’s ability to perform air cargo security checks and explosives detection technology to help meet forthcoming international requirements for screening 100% of export freight on all-cargo aircraft, the Transportation Security Administration’s air cargo chief said Thursday.

Since 2010 all cargo riding in the bottom of passenger airplanes must go through a detection device or be physically inspected by airline or logistics personnel prior to loading. 

Scheduled to go into effect in June, the new requirements for inspecting cargo on freighters will “be a game changer,” John Beckius, executive director of the air cargo division at TSA, said in virtual remarks during the FreightWaves LIVE @home event.

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