TSA Abandons December 31, 2011 Deadline for 100% of Screening of Inbound Cargo

On October 7, 2011, Bloomberg News reported on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) decision to postpone the requirement to screen 100% of U.S.-bound cargo on international passenger aircraft by December 31, 2011. 

The decision for 100% screening came after the October 2010 discovery of explosives in packages sent from Yemen to the U.S., and was met with opposition from the airline industry who argued the new requirement would cause flight delays and added operational costs. 

The TSA, which has yet to issue an official statement regarding this matter, did not set a new deadline. The agency is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the air cargo industry on a pilot program to process information about cargo and shippers before packages are sent to the U.S. 

While the screening of all U.S.-bound cargo has been postponed, TSA continues to require screening of all cargo on flights departing U.S. airports and all "high-risk" deliveries coming into the U.S.