Airforwarders Association FORWARD Magazine, Fall 2018
21 airforwarders.org Fall 2018 Q Forward Magazine TSA published its latest Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) on August 27, 2018 to provide air cargo companies with the most relevant and comprehensive list of equipment that meet newer standards. Standards are also evolving to support the global air cargo industry, with countries collaborating on homogenous security measures that provide both a consistent operating environment for shipping, and support a shift toward identity-based movement of shipment. The bottom line: Cargo companies will need to implement the latest solutions to comply with new security standards. Fortunately, transitioning now to equipment that meets the latest trace screening requirements will help organizations to meet the regulations in the future and can be seen as a key way to avoid the need for additional manpower over time. That includes using equipment with up-to-date libraries that help operators ensure that they are looking for the “right” threats. In the face of these ongoing market and regulatory changes, cargo companies must strike the right balance to achieve enhanced screening while driving greater flexibility and operational efficiency. This will be the key differentiator to assure safety and maintain profitable growth. So how can the latest generation of explosive trace detection systems help cargo companies meet their operational objectives? The latest generation of trace screening detectors can detect and identify a broader range of military, commercial and homemade explosive threats. They are also able to analyze both common and controlled narcotics, including the highly potent opioid, fentanyl. 1. Improve detection accuracy and throughput. Today’s portable desktop trace detection systems are highly sensitive and can detect and identify minute quantities of explosives, as well as narcotics such as fentanyl, within seconds. That’s due in part to regular updates to the libraries and algorithms that allow authorities accurately to identify a wide range of suspicious substances. These devices are designed to be extremely flexible for use in dynamic screening environments and are fully operational on hot-swappable batteries to ensure continuous use. Plus, the ability to identify suspicious substances accurately and quickly means that busy screening teams can move cargo at pace, even during peak operating hours, without slowing down airport turnaround. 2. Reduce regulatory complexity and increase flexibility. Devices that use a non-radioactive ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) source don’t require licensing from national nuclear regulatory agencies, which allows the detector to be used and moved without time-consuming radiation testing and administration. This enables easy license-free transport from location to location. Additionally, new trace detection technology available today is compact, easy to use and portable. Not only do these devices reduce the need for physical search, they can typically be relocated while fully operational and without any downtime and they can also be used in tandem with existing EDS and X-Ray equipment to provide a comprehensive solution that can screen packages and cargo of any size. 3. Control costs. Portable trace detection machines are easy to maintain and use, which saves on the cost of operations for added benefit over the lifecycle of the equipment. The most versatile and costfriendly devices are designed for efficient and hygienic trace-particle pick-up available with cost-effective, single-use swabs suitable for both manual and wand sampling. The latest systems approved on the ACSTL for ETD have been proven to reduce the use of consumables thus reducing the cost ownership for air cargo companies. As air cargo screening requirements evolve to meet growing traffic and threats, technology innovation will also continue, driving automation and efficiency that helps air cargo companies to continue to operate safely and effectively – and at maximum volume. Working in close partnership with suppliers will help cargo companies find and implement the right solutions for their organization and take advantage of broad support offerings that will keep their equipment operating in peak condition for longer. To discover the latest insights and trends in the cargo industry and how to comply to the evolving standards, visit our online Aviation Insights resource center at: www.aviation- insider.com Modifications reserved.