FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Captain Paul Onorato (202) 624-3540
Washington, D.C. (November 8th, 2010) — The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) representing over 28,000 commercial passenger and cargo pilots is calling for improved screening of cargo carried aboard all-cargo commercial flights for the second time in 3 years. CAPA was influential in passing the cargo screening bill in 2007 after four years of working with Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts but all-cargo carriers were not included in that bill.
CAPA has always advocated for “one level of security” for all commercial flights and expressed concern that all-cargo aircraft could be targeted for terrorist attacks in the same manner as passenger aircraft. The explosives found aboard UPS aircraft recently prove CAPA’s concerns were justified and reinforce CAPA’s demand for the same level of cargo security for all commercial flights.
Captain Paul Onorato, President of CAPA said, “CAPA worked closely with Congressman Markey to get the cargo screening bill passed but unfortunately the Cargo Airline Association managed to get a carve-out for all-cargo operators and those operations were not included in the legislation that was passed into law. Cargo aircraft pilots are exposed to terrorist explosives and cargo aircraft can be a threat to personnel and materiel on the ground. There must be one level of security for all commercial flights.”
CAPA is calling for immediate random physical inspection, canine bomb-sniffing dogs or technology that can detect explosive material be used to ensure the security of cargo carried aboard all-cargo commercial flights in the same manner as is currently used for passenger flights. The use of known-shipper or freight assessment programs are inadequate and expose aircrew, aircraft and ground personnel to this latest terrorist threat. CAPA applauds Congressman Markey’s efforts to close this glaring loophole in aviation security and will work closely with Representative Markey to achieve that goal.
The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations is a trade association which represents more than 28,000 professional pilots at carriers including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, UPS, ABX Air, US Airways, Atlas Air Cargo, Cape Air, Gulfstream Air, Southern Air, Horizon Air, Kalitta Air, Miami Air, Polar Air Cargo and USA 3000.