Shippers Meet Goal for Passenger Flight Cargo Exams – Business Week

U.S. shippers met a goal to inspect 75 percent of cargo such as fish and flowers traveling with checked bags on passenger flights after air-freight companies added gear to meet rules for examining all shipments.

The Transportation Security Administration said today U.S. airlines satisfied the May 1 deadline for expanding inspections and now have three months to prepare for screening every piece of cargo flown in the bellies of passenger aircraft.

“This will not be an easy task but nor will it be impossible,” said Brandon Fried, executive director of the Washington-based Airforwarders Association. “The combined resources of the forwarders, airlines, their ground handlers and product-sensitive shippers will make it happen.”