It could take the Department of Homeland Security another two years to ensure that all cargo is screened for weapons of mass destruction before being flown into the United States on passenger airplanes, much longer than originally estimated, a senior department official told lawmakers. In a report carried by Global Security Newswire, a 2007 law that Democrats wrote as soon as they took over Congress required the Transportation Security Administration to ensure that all cargo aboard passenger flights is screened for weapons of mass destruction by August 2010. The deadline applies to flights originating inside the United States and those from other countries. But the deadline for incoming international flights will be missed, TSA’s acting director told the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.
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