U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute and European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström made the following joint statement on launching the negotiations on the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreement between the United States and the European Union.
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano met yesterday with leaders from global shipping companies, including UPS, DHL, FedEx, Atlas and TNT along with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, to reiterate the Obama administration's commitment to strengthening air cargo screening and security efforts while facilitating the flow of commerce following the disrupted attempt by terrorists to conceal and ship explosive devices onboard aircraft bound for the United States in October.
The Libyan African Aviation Holding Company (LAAHCo) and Lufthansa Consulting have signed an agreement focused on the safety standards of Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways. Both carriers as well as associated catering, ground handling and aircraft maintenance enterprises operate under this government-created holding structure.
On 1 December 2010, the six-month pilot scheme AuGreKo (automated border control) commenced at Zurich Airport as a joint project between Kantonspolizei Zürich and Flughafen Zürich AG. In order to simplify, speed up and modernise border controls, the new procedure uses the passport holder's biometric data. These are stored on the electronic chip integrated into the new passport (passports 06 and 10 for Swiss citizens), known as the e-passport.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the United States are now being checked against government watchlists - fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule. The TSA reached 100 percent watch list matching for all domestic airlines on June 22.
Vice-President Siim Kallas, meeting with the high-level group on air cargo security, today set out a series of recommentations on the EU's response to the 30 October security alert, when viable explosive devices were found in cargo shipments originating from Yemen and transferring to US-bound flights at airports in Germany and the UK.
The 2007 law in the United States called for 50 percent of air cargo on passenger aircraft to be screened by February 2009, and 100 percent by August 2010. The Act defines screening as "a physical examination, or non-intrusive method of assessing whether cargo poses a threat to national security," it specifies methods that "include x-ray systems, explosives trace detection, explosive detection canine teams certified by the TSA, or physical search together with manifest verification".
Morpho and Cascade Technologies announced that they have installed a novel security solution for a field trial at Glasgow Airport. The walk-through portal system allows rapid detection of „home-made‟ explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in real-time via analysis of air samples, without using ionizing radiation or capturing passenger images.
"Following the thwarted terrorist plot last week to conceal and ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the U.S., the Administration took a number of immediate steps to increase security by tightening existing measures related to cargo bound for the United States. Some of the steps that have been taken by the Department of Homeland Security included adapting inbound cargo targeting rules to reflect the latest intelligence and ordering a ground halt on all cargo coming from Yemen.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on security regulators around the world to work together to make the skies more secure by addressing the challenges related to cargo security and data collection. IATA also unveiled plans to lead a global effort to build an airport checkpoint of the future, which will tighten security and ease passenger hassle.