US accepts Yemen airfreight again

THE US has raised the barriers on airfreight from Yemen for the first time since October 2010.

A ban was enforced on all air cargo shipments from the Middle Eastern country after two US-bound bomb parcels flown out of Sana’a International Airport were uncovered in a plot blamed on Al-Qaeda.

With the aid of US training Yemen heightened cargo shipment security and now cargo flights are taking to the air once again as long as they comply with new conditions and regulations.

“The decision [to lift the ban] came under the recommendations of the US technical team which visited Yemen to familiarise [itself] with air security measures at Yemen’s airports,” Gerald Feierstein, US Ambassador to Yemen, said.

The US team found Yemen had already augmented security measures to be in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization standards.

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