Roadmap to improve US air cargo security

By Rebecca Jeffrey

The TSA has published a five-year air cargo roadmap to improve security. Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US has published a five-year roadmap that aims to improve air cargo security.

Designed to help the TSA and air cargo industry stakeholders identify and address emerging threats and ensure the efficient flow of commerce, the ‘Air Cargo Security Roadmap’ will also seek to modernise and streamline air cargo transport operations.

The roadmap aligns with the TSA Strategy (2018-2026) and the Administrator’s Intent 2.0. To achieve the roadmap’s goals and objectives, the TSA will continue to leverage innovative air cargo screening technologies and modernise its policies to reflect best practices in security.

“I am proud of the work and collaboration that led to this roadmap for improving the security of our nation’s air cargo system,” said TSA administrator David Pekoske. “When we collectively work toward common goals with unified purpose, we tend to achieve greater results.”

Design of the roadmap involved collaboration with stakeholders within the air cargo industry, said the TSA.

It added that the broad goals for air cargo security seek to advance the capabilities for enhanced, risk-based screening; expand knowledge and information sharing between the TSA and industry; enhance the air cargo industry’s technology posture to support security enhancing innovation within the supply chain; and modernise air cargo policy to adapt with new technologies, flex with changing dynamics in the supply chain and address new threats.

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