The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says improving international collaboration is a vital component of aviation security in the wake of last year's air cargo bomb plot in Yemen, according to the Shipping Gazette.
TSA has called for the formation of a layered solutions planned to protect against security breaches by using a combination of processes along with information sharing and technology-based solutions while safeguarding the integrity of the air freight supply chain.
To better comprehend the air cargo security systems now in place in other countries, TSA has taken part in multilateral meetings to encourage best practices.
Kelly Hoggan, regional director Asia Pacific and Middle East for TSA, is responsible for overseeing the agencies regional tactical operations and leveraging TSA's influence for more global security within the Asia and the Middle East regions. He will be at the third Annual Aviation Security 2011 to be held in Dubai from September 18-21 to present TSA's current cargo security initiatives.
Also attending the meeting will be major logistics providers, such as FedEx, TNT Express and CEVA Logistics, and they will discuss the future of air freight security to look at new practices and processes to enhance air cargo security and the implications of 100 per cent screening for cargo bound for the US.
Regional and international security professionals at the meeting include Colonel Khamis Al Marar, director of department of borders and airports, Abu Dhabi police, UAE; John Swanepoel, regional security manager, FedEx, UAE; Salah Al Ameri, vice president Aviation Security, Etihad, UAE; Cornelius Vuuren, regional security manager, TNT Express; Mike Fazackerley, group security director, Manchester Airport, UK; Paul Linders, director security EMEA, CEVA Logistics, Netherlands and Ahmed Al Haddabi, vice president Airport Operations, Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC).