Gaps in the Transportation Security Administration cargo screening process could allow terrorists to place explosives on passenger jetliners, according to the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. DHS criticized the TSA cargo screening procedures in a recent report. It also made five classified recommendations aimed at improving screening. Meanwhile, the TSA recently stated that it met a mandate requiring it to screen all air cargo shipping within the continental U.S. The DHS report indicated that the TSA would use the report's findings to help close the gaps in security.
"The agency acknowledged that improvements can be made in the air cargo screening process to prevent the introduction of explosives into air cargo on passenger aircraft," the report stated.