Markey re-introduces legislation for air cargo screening
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced a bill in the U.S. House designed to close gaps in the aviation security system that he says have been neglected since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Markey’s bill, the Secure Existing Aviation Loopholes (SEAL) Act includes provisions to physically screen cargo on passenger planes as well as airport employees with access to sensitive areas and airplanes, and install reinforced cockpit doors on cargo planes.
Markey has been a constant crusader against the Bush administration’s aviation security efforts, saying not enough is being done to protect passenger planes. Last year he introduced legislation that similarly would have required all cargo on passengers planes to go through x-ray and explosives trace detection systems.