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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 11:03 AM
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64. only 20% of the cargo is inspected

So you feel safe when all the people on your flight have been thru the nudie scanners and or groped by the TSA agents. Well, the bomb could be in the cargo belly of the plane.

"It is a gaping hole in the nations anti-terrorism security system, experts say. About 22 percent of all U.S. packages shipped via air cargo are finding their way into the bellies of passenger jets, according to the General Accounting Office. Yet, there is little or no screening of such parcels.

11/2/10 Only 20% of cargo to U.S. checked for bombs
Billions of pounds of packages bound for the U.S. each year are delivered on passenger flights in which cargo is checked with an electronic system that does not screen for bombs, lawmakers and security experts said Monday.

11/2/10 In Air Cargo Business, Its Speed vs. Screening, Creating a Weak Link in Security
It is an essential lubricant of the global economy the multibillion-dollar air cargo industry, which every day carries millions of express packages of every shape and size around the world, parcels that can include things as diverse as an electronic component and a human body part. But the discovery last week that terrorists had used United Parcel Service and FedEx to ship two explosive devices has set off a debate over what can be done to improve cargo security without damaging a business built on getting packages anywhere, quickly and cheaply.

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