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When the House of Representatives passed a bill on June 24 to require inspection of all cargo moving on passenger planes, the aircargo industry was worried. Dave Brooks, president of the cargo division at American Airlines, called the bill "the most ludicrous piece of legislation that's come across the bow in a long time."
Industry officials are breathing easier now that it appears the Senate won't go along with the House bill, sponsored by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., decided not to introduce an amendment to the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would require physical screening of all cargo flown on passenger planes.
Though users and providers of airfreight services …