8-Nov-2010 1:17 PM

Germany considers airport security blacklist

German Government is considering establishing a blacklist of foreign airports that do not meet security standards in the wake of the recent parcel bomb incidents (Der Spiegel/DPA/AFP, 06-Nov-2010). Germany is expected to ask a European Union interior ministers’ meeting today (08-Nov-2010) in Brussels for an expansion of security authorities’ powers, including electronic access to logistics companies' databases, including sender information and cargo declaration details. Berlin has already enacted a ban on freight and passenger aircraft from Yemen, while the UK has tightened screening arrangements for air cargo from some countries.