Air cargo not yet secure, says Transportation IG

11/25/2009 | USA Today

The inspector general of the Homeland Security Department says the 12 million pounds of cargo shipped each day on commercial airline flights remains vulnerable to terrorists. Richard Skinner and his investigators found that some warehouses were not secure and some workers had not undergone proper background checks. "There are repeat patterns of violations that the TSA has been unable to resolve," according to Skinner's report, and the agency lacks the personnel to meet new screening requirements. TSA acting Administrator Gale Rossides said agency leaders "are in agreement" that the problems should be addressed.

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