Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not a subscriber? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

Business Impact

Air Cargo Insecurity

Some illuminating numbers alarm us.

11.3 million metric tons of cargo passed through U.S. airports in 2003.
• Less than 10 percent of it was screened for explosives.
100 percent of air passengers and their baggage are screened for explosives.
• Virtually all passenger flights carry air cargo.
• American Airlines spent $70 million to provide more legroom in coach class.
• Boeing spent $1 billion to launch a satellite-powered, high-speed in-flight Internet service.
• The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will spend $4.8 billion this year on passenger and baggage screening.
• It will spend $115 million on air cargo security.
• Last year, two-thirds of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s transportation security R&D budget went to technology for countering attacks on commercial aircraft with shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles.
• The United States has 6.3 million kilometers of roads, more than 160,000 kilometers of rail, nearly 600,000 bridges, more than 300 ports, and approximately 500 railroad stations.

SOURCES: U.S. Transportation Security Administration, ABI Research, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, GAO, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and American Airlines

More from Business Impact

How technology advances are changing the economy and providing new opportunities in many industries.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Print Subscription.
  • Print Subscription {! insider.prices.print_only !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Six print issues per year plus The Download delivered to your email in-box each weekday.

    See details+

    12-month subscription

    Print magazine (6 bi-monthly issues)

    The Download: newsletter delivery each weekday to your inbox

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.