Govts urged to work with airlines

2010-11-02 13:11

Frankfurt - Governments around the world need to co-operate with airlines to improve aviation security, the head of international airlines body IATA said, days after two US-bound bombs sent were intercepted in air cargo.

"Over the weeks and months, as governments learn more about the threat, we must continue to work together to implement appropriate solutions," said Giovanni Bisignani, Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at an aviation security conference on Tuesday.

Two packages containing bombs - both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago - were intercepted in Britain and Dubai on Friday.

One of the packages was found on a United Parcel Service cargo plane at East Midlands Airport in Britain. The other was discovered in a computer printer cartridge in a parcel at a FedEx facility in Dubai.

The plot could speed up calls for wider use of sophisticated imaging technology that detect explosives, which is not standard, but freight firms are reluctant to bear the full cost.