Airborne cargo screening

The USA’s Transport Security Administration (TSA) recognises airborne cargo as an attractive, high profile target for terrorism.

Airborne cargo accounts for 2% of worldwide trade by volume and approximately 40% by value. Aviation transport is a complex and multifaceted logistical process which, in the USA, processes over 17 million tons of cargo every year.

The most catastrophic bombing of a US airliner was the crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which was attributed to an explosive device placed in a cargo container in the airplane’s forward hold.

Despite the significant threat, only a tiny fraction of airborne cargo is screened. The challenge for screening technologies is to develop applications that offer accurate detection assurance without unduly affecting shipment schedules.

The current generation of x-ray based explosive detection systems require manually breaking down cargo pallets prior to screening. Newer techniques such as neutron beam scanning and gamma-ray radiography have the potential to screen fully packed containers, however, these system have limited container throughput making the process prohibitively slow and expensive.

Benefits of SITORO® to airborne cargo screening

Southern Innovation’s SITORO technology dramatically improves detector efficiency in air cargo screening applications, significantly increasing the container throughput of these systems thus addressing the need for accurate detection and rapid processing.