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  • Air Cargo Security

    Though it has been five years since air safety went through a reform in the wake of 9/11, the screening process of cargo loaded onto airplanes is lax, keeping passengers in danger. Screening of passengers has improved, but the cargo has been a safety afterthought. They rely on a "known" or "trusted" shipper program, which means you must "be a known shipper to send cargo on a passenger plane." This leads to security lapses as reported by CBS News.
  • Deadly Express

    In a 9-month investigation, The Miami Herald uncovered inaccuracies in the government's reporting of the frequency of fatal cargo plane crashes. Through the analysis of extensive government documents dating back to 2000, the reporters found that 69 planes have crashed claiming the lives of 85 people, thus "making air cargo the nation's deadliest form of commercial aviation." Despite this fact, pleas to apply more stringent safety regulations on cargo flights have been ignored. Worse yet, when these lax safety standards result in fatal crashes, the pilots are often saddled with the blame.
  • Targeting Terror

    The reporters investigated Chicago's vulnerability to a terrorist attack, particularly Chicago O'Hare International Airport, finding the over-all effort to protect the citizens of this city was sloppy.
  • Project security: Danger in the air

    This WISH investigation reveals the threat presented by unscreened cargo aboard passenger planes, three years after Congress passed a law requiring the screening of such cargo. The report noted that none of the Transportation Security Administration's $85 million air cargo security budget is being used to screen cargo on passenger planes and that the government puts commerce ahead of safety. The TV station mailed its own bomb-related package across the nation to prove the security threat.
  • Flying Haz Mat

    "KIRO TV takes an in-depth look inside the Air Cargo industry. Hazardous, explosive materials are routinely mishandled and pilots often fly their jets despite serious mechanical problems. This investigation documents how sloppy loading, secret chemical cargo, sleeping pilots and an aging fleet of jets puts the public in danger."
  • Air Cargo Safety

    After a terrorist bomb exploded in the cargo hold of Pam Am Flight 103 in 1988 and again after the ValueJet crash in the Florida Everglades in 1996 the Federal Aviation Administration issued stricter guidelines to ensue that dangerous cargo would not be loaded into the cargo holds of passenger planes. A WTXF-TV investigation found that the system put in place by the FAA doesn't work.
  • Dangerous cargo, passengers in peril

    USA Today finds that millions of airline passengers are endangered each year by hazardous cargo that is illegally shipped, mislabeled or improperly packed. The Federal Aviation Administration rarely finds illegal shipments, and some couriers violate security regulations by accepting air cargo without knowing what's inside.
  • Southern Air: The Hidden Link

    WPLG-TV (Miami) investigates Southern Air Transport, the former CIA-owned air cargo company, and its role in the secret contra supply network; the report is based on a complete set of logs obtained from the "Hasenfus plane" downed by Sandinistas.