World airlines call for improved cargo-screening

November 2, 2010 12:34

FRANKFURT, Germany — The head of the International Air Transport Association is urging governments and industry to rapidly develop effective screening equipment for cargo containers that carry most airborne freight.

Giovanni Bisignani says the technology to do so already exists, but that it is taking too long to approve it for airport use.Air freight is often transported in containers that generally are not taken apart to inspect because the process would significantly slow down air travel and the movement of goods.

Bisignani spoke Tuesday, days after the discovery in Dubai and Britain of two explosive devices concealed among the freight carried by cargo jets. Officials have said that without a tip-off from authorities in Saudi Arabia, the bombs may not have been discovered.

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