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TSA: Dec. 3 Is the Day That All Air Cargo Is to Begin Receiving Some Degree of Security Screening

Two months after the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that they're moving forward with their joint Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot program, the TSA announced that it set a December 3 deadline for screening all cargo on U.S.-bound passenger flights.

The 100-percent screening mandate was originally slated to go into effect on Dec. 31, 2011, but was pushed back due to industry feedback.

According to a press release issued by the TSA, the revised deadline "builds additional risk-based, intelligence-driven procedures into the prescreening process to determine screening protocols on a per-shipment basis." Specifically, shipments deemed "high-risk" will undergo enhanced screening, while those considered "low-risk" will sustain other physical screening measures.

Such screening regulations fulfill a requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, according to the press release. The TSA also revealed that it has enlisted the help of other governments, organizations and industry partners to ensure that trade isn't inhibited in the quest to improve airfreight security.

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The 100-percent screening mandate was originally slated to go into effect on Dec. 31, 2011, but was pushed back due to industry feedback.

According to a press release issued by the TSA, the revised deadline "builds additional risk-based, intelligence-driven procedures into the prescreening process to determine screening protocols on a per-shipment basis." Specifically, shipments deemed "high-risk" will undergo enhanced screening, while those considered "low-risk" will sustain other physical screening measures.

Such screening regulations fulfill a requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, according to the press release. The TSA also revealed that it has enlisted the help of other governments, organizations and industry partners to ensure that trade isn't inhibited in the quest to improve airfreight security.

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