Testifying before the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, Air Transport Association of America (ATA) President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio pledged his association’s commitment to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) targeted security programs.
“Effective, efficient security is vital to the U.S. airline industry in fulfilling our central role in propelling commerce and the economic vitality and global competitiveness of our country,” Calio told the subcommittee.
In his address to the government agency, Calio outlined three risk-based programs enabling TSA to expedite screening while identifying the highest threats to security. On the cargo side, this includes the Known Shipper Program, which concerns risk-based screening of international inbound freight.
A strong proponent of this program, Calio said the objective is for the Customs and Border Protection and TSA to obtain and process data about shippers early than what is currently required. Doing so, he explained, will ensure that more financial resources are allocated to high-risk cargo, rather than freight deemed low-risk.
Either way, Calio applauds the achievements of the TSA and stands behind the government agency. “ATA will continue our great partnership with TSA to evolve our practices to ensure that we have the best possible security, so that U.S. airlines can continue to move goods and people to the benefit of our nation’s economy and global competitiveness,” he said in a statement.
For a more in-depth look at TSA’s cargo screening initiate, check out our upcoming August cover story.