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United States requires Middle Eastern carriers to go through stringent cargo screening

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed that it would compel six Middle Eastern carriers to go through heightened cargo screening in a bid to improve global aviation security.

In a statement, the TSA said that the changes apply to carriers in five nations that are flying out from seven airports. It focuses “on last points of departure locations where the threat is greatest.”

The development comes as the Trump administration has emphasized better international airport security.

The carriers and airports are: Egypt Air operating out of Cairo International Airport, Royal Jordanian RJAL.AM operating out of Queen Alia International Airport, Saudia operating out of King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and King Khalid International Airport, Qatar Airways operating out of Doha International Airport and Emirates and Etihad operating out of Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport.

All cargo coming from would have to be effectively and secured under Air Cargo Advance Screening protocols. The TSA stated that carriers all over the world were already applying most of the requirements voluntarily.

Carriers must also provide advance air cargo data to U.S. authorities. The program uses U.S. Department of Homeland Security “threat information and other data to employ a risk-based approach to improve air cargo security through targeted vetting.”

A Royal Jordanian spokeswoman divulged that the airline had “received this new amendment from TSA to be implemented on air cargo shipments, and we were given one month period to apply the new amendment.”

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