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Pistole: Cargo Security Must Not Slow the Flow

(AirCargo News)

The air freight industry has a collective responsibility to maintain the highest standards of security. But this is “not mutually exclusive” with the free movement of goods, insists John Pistole, administrator for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

In a keynote speech at the Air Cargo Forum in Seoul, Pistole said passenger security had moved from a one-size-fits-all to a risk-based approach “based on the notion that the vast majority of people have to intent to cause harm; they just want to get from A to B.”

Applying this philsophy to cargo was “all fine and good in the abstract” but the threat from the ISIS jihadists that they aimed to attack commercial aircraft underlined the urgency of securing the supply chain while ensuring the flow of commerce, Pistole said. Read more here.