Congress to "vigorously oppose" delayed deadline for cargo screening

03/19/2009 | Bloomberg

Key lawmakers on Capitol Hill say they will resist efforts to "water down" requirements for screening 100% of cargo aboard passenger flights by mid-2010. "The logic is clear: If we screen passengers and their checked baggage, we must screen the other cargo onboard the same aircraft," says Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, chair of the transportation security subcommittee, which is holding hearings on the subject. But airlines and industry experts agree the deadline will be difficult -- and costly -- to meet. American Airlines says it spent an estimated $3 million just to comply with an interim requirement for screening 50% of cargo.

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