Air cargo chief: Stowaways -- not bombs -- are major security threat

08/18/2010 | DC Velocity magazine

The longtime president of the Cargo Airline Association says he generally supports tougher security for cargo shipments, though he worries that inefficient screening could cause delays in some shipments. If cargo must sit overnight because a carrier didn't have time to screen it, that "defeats the purpose of using air freight, which is speed and reliability," Steve Alterman says. As for critics who say cargo airlines should be subject to the same security rules as passenger carriers, Alterman believes they don't understand the industry. "We already screen 100 percent of our packages to protect against the possibility of stowaways, which is the major threat to our industry," he says. "The major threat to all-cargo carriers is a 9/11 scenario where someone takes over a plane and uses it as a weapon of mass destruction."

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