BYLINE: R.G. EDMONSON
It's taken far longer than anyone wanted, but the Transportation Security Administration has devised what seems to be a workable plan for screening the 12 million pounds of air cargo shipped daily on passenger aircraft.
The Certified Cargo Screening Program is designed to spread the task of cargo screening among selected secure facilities operated by cargo intermediaries. TSA officials believe the program will prevent airport chokepoints that can disrupt the supply chain, while meeting a congressional deadline to screen 50 percent of the cargo moving aboard passenger aircraft by February 2009, and 100 percent by August 2010.