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Old November 1st, 2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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Lufthansa Cargo Wants Harmonized Air Freight Security Standards
1 November 2010



FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)--Lufthansa Cargo, the logistics unit of German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA.XE), Monday called for an international harmonization of security screenings for air freight following the discovery of explosives on two U.S.-bound flights.

A set of various national standards don't suffice to provide adequate security, said company spokesman Michael Goentgens.

He added that Lufthansa Cargo intends to stick to its existing screening practices and at present won't consider increasing security measures.

His comments come after parcel bombs were found Friday aboard U.S.-bound cargo flights that originated from Yemen.

Lufthansa Cargo had previously introduced an embargo on air freight from Yemen and some central African countries deemed to have inadequate security standards, Goentgens said.

In response to the bomb finds the German government Saturday suspended all air cargo flights from Yemen after a package containing explosives was removed from a cargo plane at East Midlands airport in the U.K. after a stop at Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters Monday that officials will "review in particular the question of whether the ban on freight should apply not just to Yemen, but to other countries as well." He didn't say which other countries might fall under a freight ban.
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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Airlines body calls for cooperation on security
2 November 2010

FRANKFURT, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Governments around the world need to cooperate with airlines to improve aviation security, the head of international airlines body IATA said, days after two U.S.-bound bombs sent were intercepted in air cargo.

"Over the weeks and months, as governments learn more about the threat, we must continue to work together to implement appropriate solutions," said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at an aviation security conference on Tuesday.

Two packages containing bombs -- both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago -- were intercepted in Britain and Dubai on Friday.

One of the packages was found on a United Parcel Service cargo plane at East Midlands Airport in Britain. The other was discovered in a computer printer cartridge in a parcel at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

The plot could speed up calls for wider use of sophisticated imaging technology that detect explosives, which is not standard, but freight firms are reluctant to bear the full cost.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 09:29 PM   #3
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EXCLUSIVE-Germany wants EU to act on air freight bombs

BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The German government wants the EU to introduce new security measures against terrorist attacks via air freight at a summit of European leaders in December, a German government source said on Wednesday.

A spate of parcel bombs sent by air cargo -- some bound for U.S. targets, and others to embassies in Greece and the German and Italian governments -- would be discussed by European Union interior ministers next week, the source told Reuters.

"The EU summit in mid-December should then decide on proposals for a package of EU-wide measures," said the source.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #4
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US TSA chief meets with Yemenis on cargo security

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. agency charged with overseeing cargo security met on Wednesday with officials in Sanaa to discuss the issue following last week's seizure of U.S.-bound package bombs sent from Yemen.

John Pistole, head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, met with Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi and aviation officials and he also toured a cargo facility in Sanaa, the agency said.

Investigators have been trying to determine whether the mail bombs, intercepted in Dubai and Britain after a tip from Saudi Arabia, were the work of the militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which has previously tried to attack the United States.

"We face a determined enemy, one who modifies their actions looking for any opportunity to exploit security," Pistole said in a statement. "I am pleased with the work of our TSA inspectors and the cooperation of Yemeni officials to improve cargo security practices."

TSA, which is responsible for U.S. cargo and aviation security, has come under renewed scrutiny after the attempted mail bombs. Some U.S. lawmakers have called on the agency to improve screening of cargo.

The Department of Homeland Security, which includes TSA and the Customs and Border Protection Agency, boosted security after the discovery of the parcel bombs and halted cargo shipments from Yemen to the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke with the chief executives at some of the leading global shipping companies, including United Parcel Service Inc, DHL and FedEx Corp, to discuss air cargo screening.

"Secretary Napolitano underscored her commitment to partnering with the shipping industry to strengthen cargo security through enhanced screening and preventative measures, including terrorism awareness training for personnel," Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.

The packages with the explosives were sent last week via UPS and FedEx.

Cargo shipped on planes to the United States must meet certain security requirements, including for screening, vetting of personnel in the facilities and providing advance manifests to authorities.


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Old November 9th, 2010, 12:15 PM   #5
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DHL boss promises action over air security - FT
8 November 2010

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Express delivery company DHL [DHL.UL] on Monday promised better screening of customers and packages before they reach airports in response to recent parcel bombs sent from Yemen and Greece.

"What we need to do is improve surveillance at the pick-up point, have more aggressive screening as items enter our systems," said DHL Express chief Ken Allen in comments published in the Financial Times.

Last week, governments tightened aviation security after two U.S.-bound bombs sent in air cargo from Yemen were intercepted in Dubai and Britain, while Greece suspended overseas shipment of mail and packages for 48 hours after dozens of small parcel bombs were sent to foreign governments and embassies.

Allen said a "blanket approach" could "end up diverting time and funds from other important security areas."

"It's about targeting and intelligence," he said.

Allen, whose company is a subsidiary of Deutsche Post , Europe's biggest mail and express delivery company, said it would be practical to have one set of rules for "a well known company sending something to another well known company" and stricter ones for "an unknown dispatching something to who-knows-where."
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Old November 10th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #6
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EU ministers considering plan to blacklist airports in Middle East deemed not to be secure
9 November 2010

BRUSSELS (AP) - EU interior ministers established a panel on Monday to review a proposed plan to tighten air cargo security that would include blacklisting high-risk airports that are deemed to have inadequate security measures.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said his five-point plan also calls for "special controls" on suspect parcels "like technical material from Yemen destined for a Jewish organization in Europe or the United States."

Last month, authorities intercepted two package bombs in Britain and Dubai that had been sent from Yemen. The addresses on the packages were outdated locations for two Chicago synagogues. The terror group al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula has claimed responsibility.

Those bombs contained 300 and 400 grams of the powerful industrial explosive PETN.

The failed attempts were followed last week, by a spate of small bombs mailed in Greece to embassies and foreign leaders.

Several countries, including the U.S., Germany, Britain and France, have temporarily banned all air freight from Yemen.

If de Maiziere's proposal is approved, it would be the first time the 27-nation European has adopted a blacklist of foreign airports.

The EU has had a list of unsafe airlines since 2006. It currently includes 278 banned airlines from 17 countries -- mostly small carriers from Africa and Asia -- and is regularly updated.
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INTERVIEW-Airlines' security costs on the rise in 2010 -IATA

TEL AVIV, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Airlines' security costs in 2010 will be more than the $5.9 billion they spent last year because of the growth in traffic, the director general of air lobby group IATA said on Wednesday.

Giovanni Bisignani, director general of the International Air Transport Association, said security accounted for 10 percent of airlines' operating costs and they should not have to foot the bill for additional security.

"Security is a national problem. Whey do we as airlines have to pay for airport security?" Bisignani told Reuters in an interview during his first visit to Israel as head of IATA.

But regardless of the difficult situation, safety standards remain very high, he said, and air travel is the safest mode of transportation with just 685 deaths out of 2.2 billion travellers in 2009.

CARGO SECURITY

Bisignani said the issue of how to improve cargo security needed to be addressed through better technology, intelligence and a supply chain approach to implementing security measures starting at the factories, a process already carried out in the United States.

In late October two packages containing bombs -- both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago -- were intercepted in Britain and Dubai. One package was found in a United Parcel Service cargo plane and the other in a computer printer cartridge in a parcel at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

While cargo shipped in the hold of passenger aircraft is scanned, Bisignani said there was no technology yet that could scan containers shipped on freight planes.

CAPACITY GROWS FASTER THAN DEMAND

IATA is predicting that the world's international airlines will make a combined profit of $8.9 billion in 2010 compared with a loss of $10 billion in 2009 but profits are expected to drop to $5.3 billion next year.

Combined passenger and cargo demand this year will grow by 5 percent but capacity will rise by 6 percent, Bisignani said, adding that with oil at around $80 a barrel airlines will pay $137 billion for fuel.

Bisignani also said the aviation industry remained fragmented and obstacles should be eased to cross-border mergers, such as the system of bilateral treaties governing landing rights between countries which was created after World War Two.

For that reason Bisignani said the situation in Latin America was "really astonishing", pointing to the August merger accord between TAM, Brazil's biggest carrier, and Chile's LAN that will create Latin America's largest airline.

And while airline mergers have taken place in Europe in the past few years and more recently in North and South America, it will be a couple more years before large consolidations occur in Asia, where the economy is still growing.

"The rules of the game are old. It's difficult for us to consolidate or merge," he said.

"What we need is freedom to run this as a normal business and start to see some big transnational consolidation between a big European airline and a big Asian airline or a big Asian airline and a big American airline. Those rules were set in 1945, it was a different world and it's time to change."
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US Homeland Security chief eyeing global system of 'trusted shippers' to help thwart terror
29 January 2011

LONDON (AP) - The United States is in talks with its allies, airlines and maritime groups about creating a global vetting system for international cargo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday.

The "trusted shipper" program is part of a wider effort to boost the safety of air cargo, whose vulnerability was exposed when militants in Yemen hid two powerful bombs inside printers and shipped them aboard cargo planes to addresses in Chicago late last year.

The plot was only narrowly thwarted when authorities, alerted by intelligence, discovered the bombs while they were still in transit.

The program would create a list of pre-vetted cargo companies whose goods would be subject to fewer checks, while those outside the program could expect "much more intensive inspection," Napolitano told reporters in London.

She gave few other details, but a similar program already exists in the United States for travelers -- frequent flyers who pay a flat fee, volunteer biometric information and agree to background checks in order to speed their way through airport security.

Napolitano said that trusted shipper programs already exist in some form at national levels, but that the U.S. is seeking to standardize the vetting so that criteria are consistent across the world.

Napolitano spoke to reporters at the U.S. Embassy in London following meetings with British Home Secretary Theresa May, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, and officials from the International Maritime Organization.

Those meetings covered the program, airport security scanners and arrangements for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Napolitano said the talks also touched on the case of Steven Neal Greenoe, a North Carolina man alleged to have smuggled dozens of semiautomatic handguns into the U.K. by disassembling them and hiding them in his hold luggage.

News of his arrest barely caused a ripple in the U.S., but the case caused considerable consternation in Britain, where gun crime is rare, pistols are banned and few officers carry firearms.

Writing in The Times of London, which covered the story on its front page earlier this week, police counterterrorism chief Andy Hayman called the case "genuinely shocking," saying it made "a mockery of the stringent checks we all endure at U.S. airports."

Napolitano declined to comment on the case beyond saying that the gun parts couldn't have been accessed while the plane was in flight.
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Germany To Increase Safety Measures For Air Cargo - Report
20 February 2011

FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)--The German government plans to increase safety measures for air cargo significantly and expects transport companies to come up for the additional costs, daily Die Welt said in an advanced report to be published Monday.

A spokesman for Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior is cited as saying that the government is looking into possibly introducing fees to finance the additional security measures.

Newspaper website: www.welt.de
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