Securing Air Cargo

The “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” requires the government to establish a system for screening 100 percent of cargo transported on passenger aircraft by August 2010. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has developed a practical methodology for compliance with this congressional mandate. ALPA agrees with TSA that an effective air cargo screening program must incorporate a variety of techniques to ensure that 100% of the cargo which is loaded on commercial aircraft is secure. However, we urge Congress and the TSA to be mindful that without the proper resources to support a comprehensive government oversight and enforcement process, the system is vulnerable.

ALPA believes that the security of cargo transported on passenger airliners is of critical importance, however, in 2009, we will concentrate our efforts on the most neglected area of cargo security: the measures applicable to all-cargo air operations. Although many improvements have been made in this regard since the events of 9/11, one level of security does not yet exist between the passenger and all-cargo domains. TSA has stated that the potential for an aircraft takeover continues to pose the highest security threat to all-cargo operations. Consequently, ALPA offers the following recommendations: