By Yaakov Katz, www.JPost.com

Israeli airport security expert says, “Profiling is the key…who is sending the cargo, what it being sent and where it is going.”

Profiling of cargo, shippers, and a package’s planned destination are key in uncovering terrorist plots involving air cargo, according to one of the founders of Ben-Gurion Airport’s security division.

Israel, a world leader in aviation security, began investing resources in inspecting cargo and passengers back in the 1970s, after experiencing a number of hijackings and aviation-related attacks.

While based on technology, the Israeli approach has a lot to do with profiling – passengers as well as cargo.

“Profiling is the key,” Pini Schiff, who was one of the founders of the Ben-Gurion security division, said on Sunday. “There are many different elements that need to be looked at – who is sending the cargo, what it being sent, and where it is going.”

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) was in touch with authorities in the United States to learn the specifics of the alleged al-Qaeda plot to mail powerful bombs from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues. Officials said that there would likely not be any changes in Israeli airport security, which is always on heightened alert.

Israeli officials would not comment on how cargo is inspected. But in addition to profiling, the Airports Authority uses a number of systems, including pressurized containers, in which packages are placed to see if they will explode in conditions similar to those on an airplane.

“What happened over the weekend is a reminder that we need to be vigilant 24/7,” Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said, at the opening of a Homeland Security conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday night.

“Israel is known around the world as a country that develops advanced technology for dealing with terror threats to airports, train systems, and other means of transportation,” he said.

According to Schiff, U.S. authorities have to decide if they will, in the future, allow packages to be sent from Yemen and other countries with a strong terrorist presence to the U.S. without inspection by American officials.

Cargo is supposed to be checked at the point of origin, but it is questionable if security agencies in a country like Yemen can be trusted.

Schiff also said that due to competition among cargo companies, it was possible that the speed of the shipment and the quality of the service would come at the expense of the required security inspections.

“First, the U.S. needs to review the type of inspections that are done in Yemen,” Schiff said. “There is also another element and that is the competition – which company can deliver a package faster. This can affect the security.”


One thought on “Packages must be ‘profiled,’ just like passengers

  • The sheer idiocy of outlawing profiling in America boggles the mind. Had people like my daughter been allowed to follow their profession as certified profilers, The Fort Hood Massacre could simply have been avoided. What grieves me most is that true profiling is a totally impartial process. The New Jersey State Police’s profiling program inspite of all the ludicrous lame stream media attacks because they were so highly effective albeit with a few overzealous and non-compliant Troopers, that they became huge stars interdicting literally tons of illegal drugs headed for Manhattan.

    A Jewish woman is murdered. The police have to immediately rule out everything that the forensic evidence does not support even though she was a vocal and vigorous proponent of Women’s God Given Rights, The Jewish State Of Israel and typical American family values.

    The police instantly arrest her husband!

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