Right on target N6376M! During the past five years I've been employed in ground ops at a major airline in MSP
and cargo airline at ATL
enabling access to all sectors of the airport(s), plus one point five years with the TSA
as a mobile UC
security specialist. I feel that the lack of cargo screening is the greatest vulnerability in the current "comprehensive" screening system.
I've been advocating this concern to relevant folks even prior to nine eleven. The lack of action by the TSA
is the exclusive reason I resigned from the organization, and focused on PROACTIVE security consulting with airlines and cargo operators.
Can you imagine the horror and destruction of an IED smuggled aboard a 744 freighter that detonates amid pallets containing twenty tons of TNT? That's just one scenario. The most lucrative cargo in transit is not flowers from Columbia, water from Fiji, or salmon from Scotland. It's HAZMAT, period. All kinds of chemically dangerous stuff. And what about the possibility of a terrorist shipping a device containing nuclear material?
Homeland Security screens cargo modules at ports and border crossings with sophisticated xray technology and other detection methods, but why not pallets boarding an aircraft? And what about the belly pallet prepared in airline cargo that is eventually loaded aboard a passenger jet?
Something ugly WILL happen unless drastic cargo screening upgrades are immediately implemented. A good start is to hound your congressional representatives to enact laws mandating positive action in this field. Contact the airlines and local airport managers. Write or call the Department of Homeland Security and demand answers to your important questions and issues with current policy. Put everybody on the spot that has an investment in the industry...there is no logical reason for complacency or available loopholes in the system. So why do they exist even though nobody except a terrorist desires round two of nine eleven?
Over and out, UNN1011./
[Edited 2004-01-09 03:07:39]