US still has holes in cargo screening security

DESPITE meeting the deadline for 100 per cent cargo screening, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) still has gaping holes in its security, claim inspectors.

The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigated the current screening process and reports that terrorists can still easily smuggle explosives into the cargo of passenger aircraft.

The inspector’s five recommendations and the TSA’s responses are classified, so the extent of the security vulnerabilities remain unknown. However, the DHS did say it was optimistic that the TSA would be able make “improvements” to the screening process.

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