Monday, March 5, 2018

U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

This is an ongoing problem that the aviation community has been dealing with since the underwear bomber. The same bomber is causing these problems as well. The bombs put in the printers a few years back did get through screening a few times, but intelligence from an informant finally got them stopped before they went off. The bomber then went to laptops, putting very small and somewhat sophisticated bombs in. This led to some airports having to confiscate laptops and put them in cargo last year. This is still a problem, and the threat is high enough that cargo screening is being upgraded in some airports. I have used slides of the printer bombs in my bomb classes, and have showed students how difficult they were to find, even with the intel. The Brits checked the device a number of times before they finally found the device. The Brits, are very good at this, so for them to miss the device even the first time, it had to be very well done.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an…

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