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Cargo On Airplanes Doesn't Get Screened

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posted on Nov, 17 2005 @ 05:30 PM
It has been told that none of the passanger's cargo ever gets screened on American Airplanes. This also includes cargo coming from countries of Federal concern. As for all-cargo planes, they have cockpit doors that aren't reinforced the same way as passenger airplanes, making them much more vulnorable for terrorism. The fact that the TCA doesn't check the backgrounds of those who acces the cargo planes makes this even more dangerous. When the cargo does get checked, it isn't all checked but, rather, it is checked randomly. None-the-less, Schumer will eventually require cargo the be put in bomb-proof and tamper-resistant packages.
Lax federal cargo security effort leaves New York – America's busiest cargo hub – at particular risk; 22% of passenger flights and virtually 100% of cargo flights in NY airports carry cargo and mail that isn't screened

With the nation's terror alert raised to Code Orange in part because of intelligence indicating that terrorists may be planning to crash cargo planes from Canada and Latin America into US targets, Senator Charles Schumer today released a new analysis of the federal government's efforts to improve cargo security. The analysis revealed that the TSA has so far failed to assume the same security responsibilities for air cargo that it assumed for passenger planes after 9/11 and still doesn't screen cargo shipped on passenger planes. Schumer was joined by several airport security whistle-blowers who detailed security vulnerabilities at the three major New York-area airports.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Because of this, the threat for another 9/11 is high. Action will be taken to ensure that the screening and cargo storage is improved for the better. I think it is ridiculous that passangers are so thouraly checked while the cargo doesn't get much attension at all. To top it off, cargo coming from foreign countries doesn't get screened either. There isn't anymore to be said other than that the U.S. is at a greater risk especialy now at the approaching holidays.

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[edit on 20-11-2005 by asala]

posted on Nov, 17 2005 @ 05:54 PM
Not entirely true. They use a "Known Shipper" status to determine if the cargo gets screened. If the person/company fills out a paper with all kinds of information they become a known shipper, and their cargo doesn't get screened. Anyone else that is NOT a known shipper gets screened, or not even accepted depending on the airline.

posted on Nov, 17 2005 @ 05:57 PM

Air cargo loaded onto passenger aircraft must be shipped by a company that has registered with the TSA Cargo airlines have security plans and some cargo is randomly inspected.
But the report noted that the TSA collects information on less than one-third of the registered companies that ship goods on passenger planes, and that information may not be reliable.

That is from the Yahoo link that the author provided.

posted on Nov, 17 2005 @ 10:35 PM
Right, it is true that hardly any of the cargo really gets screened. This really isn't news people, they've always been not-screening the cargo. The government doesn't care about national security, they're just playing with us.
Ohh, and for the record, I'm the poster of this. Also, I found out just now that I accidenly posted this after someone else did yesterday(loam posted on some other terrorist category) Grrrr, I hated being a noob! Now I don't know if I'll get in trouble for repeating this............ Well, now I know to search through the search function first, I'm kinda new to ATSNN, even though I've been at ATS, PTS, and BTS for almost a year. Anyway, this is quite ridiculous that they don't screen all the cargo.

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