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Shortage of cargo hold screeners threatens to ground "millions of pounds" of freight

2-Nov-2009 11:37 AM

US Transportation Security Administration announced airlines that use the cargo holds of passenger planes are to face an 03-Aug-2010 deadline to create a system of private cargo screeners for bombs and other explosives (, 01-Nov-2009). Federal and industry officials are concerned thousands of tonnes of cargo will be grounded because of a lack of screeners.

US Transportation Security Administration: "There will not be enough (certified screeners) to meet the demands of the supply chain, not at the current rate of certification....That's millions of pounds (of cargo) that don't have a solution, projected out." Marc Rossi, Branch Chief for TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program. Source:, 01-Nov-2009.