The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has unveiled plans to address the challenges related to cargo security, and to streamline passenger security checks. Following the recent security alerts originating from Yemen, IATA outlined four key areas that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of cargo planes. These are: ensuring that supply chains, from manufacturers to airports, are driven by governments with industry cooperation; developing standardised technology to screen shipments; rolling-out IATA’s e-freight programme to show who is shipping what and where; and enhancing cooperation between governments and the industry to help mitigate risks identified through intelligence operations. “The events in Yemen have put cargo security at the top of our agenda. Air freight drives the world economy… Transporting these goods safely, securely and efficiently is critical,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani. IATA also unveiled its plans for the ‘Checkpoint of the Future’, in which it called on regulators and industry to modernise the 40 year-old airport screening process. It called for a global approach to passenger data collection. “Belts, shoes and shampoos are not the problem. We must shift the screening focus from looking for bad objects to finding terrorists. To do this effectively, we need intelligence and technology at the checkpoint. The enormous amount of data that we collect on passengers can help governments to identify risks. The overall process must become much quicker and more convenient,” said Bisignani.