TOPIC: Air Cargo R&D
There is a dearth of screening technology geared to the air cargo environment. This limits efficiency, impedes commercial flows, and creates security gaps.
AFFECTS THESE INDUSTRY SEGMENTS
Forwarders, Airlines, Ground handlers, Shippers, Regulators, Posts, Airports
Authorized screening parties (forwarders, airlines, etc.) have limited options and must structure their operations to the types of screening equipment that are available.
We have called for R&D geared to the cargo environment. We are leading this effort through our work on ASAC and through chairing the ASAC Air Cargo Subcommittee. The Subcommittee has created an R&D working group which will also work closely with the ASAC Technology Subcommittee. Its objectives will include identifying key channels for stakeholder input into R&D decisions, expanding the range of stakeholders consulted by TSA to include those who use the technology, and identification of capability gaps.
NEXT STEPS / MOST CURRENT UPDATES
February 11, 2016
Subject is now being addressed under ASAC’s new Technology Subcommittee. An organizational meeting has been held, and the next (substantive) discussion is expected during first quarter 2016.
ASAC Air Cargo Subcommittee is setting up a special working group on this subject. The working group will get underway during first quarter 2016.