U.N. agency pushes new rules on air cargo security
The U.N. agency that oversees aviation ispushing new guidelines for cargo security to counter al-Qaida's newmail-bomb strategy, but is stopping short of calling for 100percent screening of packages, as pilots and some U.S. lawmakershave urged.
The proposed changes concentrate on checking outbound shipmentsbefore they even reach the airport. A draft of new guidelines willgo out to all 190 member countries in the next few weeks, theagency says.
Governments are increasingly worried about cargo security as theholiday season swells the number of packages moving around theworld.In October, militants based in Yemen tried to blow up cargo jetswith 38 bombs hidden in printer cartridges. The bombs were stoppedonly because of a tip from Saudi intelligence officials.Feds: Packages intercepted in Sept. possible dry run for bomb plot