Schumer proposes security measures for air cargo
Sen. Charles Schumer called on the Bush administration to bring security on cargo planes up to par with passenger security. The New York Democrat on Sunday proposed reinforced cockpit doors be required on cargo planes, improved cargo screening technology and better cargo tracking, according to the Associated Press.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is developing a comprehensive plan to address air cargo security. However, some lawmakers and consumer groups argue that passengers are vulnerable because most cargo placed in the hold of planes is not physically screened and because cargo airlines are not subject to the same security standards.