May eyes tight cargo rules

HOME Secretary Theresa May yesterday said security around all international air cargo arriving in Britain was being reviewed after a bomb sent from Yemen was found aboard an aircraft at East Midlands airport.

However, acknowledging the massive economic and financial implications of much tighter international air cargo security rules, May stopped short of saying a much more rigorous system of checks was being planned either unilaterally or globally.

“We are looking at the screening of freight. We will be looking at the processes we use. We’ll be talking with the industry about these issues," she said.

Asked if much tighter laws governing air freight security are being considered at airports around the world she said she could not talk about specific action.

Tighter laws would hurt the already-struggling air cargo industry.