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San Francisco will be first to screen all passenger cargo

Flights out of San Francisco could get a little safer later this year. The airport (SFO) is set to become the first in the U.S. to screen every piece of passenger cargo for explosives as part of a $30 million pilot program launched by the Department of Homeland Security, according to a report in Tuesday’s Mercury News (free registration required).

The eventual goal is to get every airport in the country involved in the program, says Earl Morris of the TSA. But for now, the screening process will kick off in San Francisco and expand to two other undisclosed airports. The program could be up and running at SFO by October.

I’ll give the last word to San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, who says it best: “We’re taking off our shoes and we’re pulling out our tweezers … but what lies beneath, we haven’t necessarily been checking to the degree we should.”

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