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TSA reviewing cargo screening procedures over terror concerns

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TSA reviewing cargo screening procedures over terror concerns

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could change its screening procedures for cargo flown into the United States in the wake of an unsuccessful terrorist attack in Australia last month.

CNN reported on Friday that the TSA is reviewing its current screening procedures for cargo on both passenger and freight airlines following an attempt by ISIS to ship partially assembled bomb components on a cargo plane from Turkey to Austrailia with the intent of later assembling and detonating the bomb on a separate passenger plane.

 

The plot failed, and two men were arrested in Australia in July.

The TSA told CNN in a statement it was learning from the failed bomb plot in Australia to strengthen America’s defenses.

“While there is no specific or credible terrorist threat to the U.S., we’re working closely with our partners in law enforcement and the shipping industry to ensure our nation’s ports and cargo facilities are secure,” the statement said.

“Intelligence is one of our best tools to protect Americans from attacks. Every day, with our colleagues in the intelligence community, we evaluate and reevaluate intelligence to ensure we’re doing everything in our power to address all threats to transportation security,” it added. 

“Anytime you have an aviation terror plot anywhere in the world, it forces TSA to look at whether that could happen here.”

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