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Airlines oppose tougher screening rules

USA Today reports that the Air Transport Association, which represents most major U.S. airlines, is opposed to a new bill that would require all cargo on passenger planes to be inspected for explosives.

Let me say that again, in case you missed it: The airlines are against a law that would make it safer for everyone to fly. I’ll give you three guesses why, and the first two don’t count. That’s right—it comes down to money.

According to the report, “Each year, U.S. passenger planes carry about six billion pounds of cargo, typically sent by businesses that want fast shipment. Such cargo is carried on passenger planes to speed delivery and is stored in the belly of jets along with passenger luggage.” Most of that cargo is not subject to the same kind of screening that passenger luggage undergoes.

“These requirements will slow down the flow of commerce,” says Brandon Fried, executive director of the Airforwarders Association.

Well, excuse me. Sorry. You know what else slows down the flow of commerce? Planes getting blown up.

I’m just saying.

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