The United States has announced that it will require further stringent inspections of air cargo from five Middle East countries including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The US cited a terrorism attempt in Australia in June previous year as the reason for advancing security. Seven airports in the mentioned five countries have been asked by the Transportation Security Administration to provide advance data on US-bound air cargo to US Customs and Border Protection for vetting before the cargo is loaded.
In its official announcement, TSA said, “The persistent threat to aviation calls for the world to raise the baseline on global aviation security across the. These countries were chosen because of a demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation from them.”
“The incident in Australia that occurred this past summer was an ominous reminder for TSA and all of our aviation partners, to include cargo carriers that we need to continue our efforts to keep our skies secure.”
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