Shippers campaign against full screening of cargo on planes – Homeland Security Newswire

Despite knowing for decades that terrorists could sneak bombs onto planes, the U.S. government failed to close obvious security gaps amid pressure from shipping companies fearful tighter controls would cost too much and delay deliveries.

Intelligence officials around the world narrowly thwarted an al Qaeda mail bomb plot last month, intercepting two explosive packages shipped from Yemen with UPS and FedEx.