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Promoting Air Cargo Security: A Shared Responsibility . Las Vegas, Nevada April 7, 2008. Transportation Security Inspector – Cargo (TSI-C). Transportation Security Inspectors – Cargo (TSI-Cs) serve as the primary resource to conduct all regulatory cargo inspection activity. .

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Transportation Security Inspector – Cargo (TSI-C)

Transportation Security Inspectors – Cargo (TSI-Cs) serve as the primary resource to conduct all regulatory cargo inspection activity.

  • As of April 2008, there are 450 TSI-Cs at 110 airports nationwide
  • Duties include:
    • Ensuring industry compliance within the United States
    • Conducting industry outreach
    • Executing enforcement actions
    • Participating in joint operations with other agencies (e.g. CBP, ICE, FBI, etc.)
  • TSA also advocates an integrated approach to screening, which includes:
  • Technology
  • Regulated Entity Security Requirements
  • Canine: 170 new canine teams across TSA
    • 85 TSA sponsored, local law enforcement led teams
    • 85 TSA sponsored, TSI-C led teams focused on cargo screening
100 screening of passenger air cargo
President Bush approved H.R. 1, “Improving America’s Security Act of 2007” on August 3, 2007.

Legislation mandates 100% screening by August 2010 and requires TSA to:

Establish a system to screen 100% of cargo transported on passenger aircraft.

Provide a level of security commensurateto that of passenger baggage.

Meet inspection benchmarks:

50% of cargo must be screened no later than 18 months after date of enactment (February 3, 2009).

100% of cargo must be screened no later than 3 years after date of enactment (August 3, 2010).

Provide an Assessment of Exemptions no later than 120 days after enactment (December 3, 2007). This benchmark is completed and under review.

100% Screening of Passenger Air Cargo

TSA's Air Cargo Security Strategy is a layered approach


  • Vetting to ensure entities and people meet security standards
  • Screening cargo via approved screening methods and technologies
  • Targeting cargo shipments for risk-based and random secondary screening
  • Assess regulated entity compliance with security requirements
changes to air cargo supply chain
100% Screening will have a considerable impact on the air cargo supply chain.

TSA’s approach to enable industry to meet this requirement includes the creation of the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP).

Changes to Air Cargo Supply Chain

The responsibility to screen cargo bound for passenger aircraft will be dispersed throughout the supply chain.

TSA Response:

Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP)

All cargo must be screened at the piece level by TSA-approved methods prior to being loaded on a passenger aircraft.


Screening capacity at a single point in the supply chain is not sufficient to accomplish this requirement without significant carrier delays, cargo backlogs, and transit time increases.

certified cargo screening program overview


  • CCSP was developed to:
    • Allow screening of cargo early in the air cargo supply chain by a trusted, vetted, and audited facility.
    • Establish the integrity of a shipment through enhanced physical and personnel security standards at Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSFs).
    • Maintain the integrity of a shipment throughout the supply chain by utilizing stringent chain of custody methods.
  • Participation in CCSP is voluntary, but once in, CCSFs must:
    • Adhere to increased TSA-directed security standards.
    • Share responsibility for supply chain security.
    • Employ chain of custody.
    • Permit onsite validations.
    • Be subject to TSI-C inspections.
Certified Cargo Screening Program Overview

The Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) is a facility based program.

ccsp and chain of custody standards


CCSP and Chain of Custody Standards

CCSP Security Standards

Physical Access Controls

IT Security

Personnel Security

CCSP Standards

Container & Trailer Security

Procedural Security

Security Training & Threat Awareness

Physical Security


Apply Method


Chain of Custody Standards

Information must be documented and travel with the shipment.

Vehicle escort, GPS tracking, ISO compliant truck seals, and other tamper evident technologies, etc.

Documentation must be authenticated upon receipt at each regulated party.

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Security Threat Assessment (STA) Requirements transportation security. national security.

...of terrorism.

Security Threat Assessments (STAs) enable TSA to determine if an individual is known to pose or suspected of posing a threat –

  • An STA must be completed for the following individuals:
    • Anyone who has unescorted access to air cargo at a facility* until the cargo enters a SIDA
    • (secure area) or is transferred to another IAC, full passenger or full all-cargo program.
    • Anyone who has unescorted access to air cargo that is transported from the facility* to
    • another IAC, full passenger or full all-cargo program holder.
    • Each proprietor, general partner, officer, director, and certain owners of an entity.

* “Facility” refers to an area outside of a SIDA where air cargo is stored, sorted, built-up, consolidated, containerized, or screened.

promoting air cargo security awareness
Promoting Air Cargo Security Awareness

Air Cargo headquarters and field personnel frequently hosted or participated in nationwide industry outreach events with IACs

Examples of industry outreach events include trade conferences, awareness-building group sessions at the airport, and one-on-one meetings

All new IACs must participate in an initial outreach prior to becoming certified by TSA

Outreach provides a complete picture of the IACs through interactive information gathering

Allows the inspector to clarify the program requirements and the consequences of non-compliance

Allows applicants to be well-informed before choosing to the join the program

Provides follow-up information that helps IACs remain compliant through intra-company change

If an IAC does not take sufficient corrective action after multiple outreach efforts, TSA may make a well-supported decision to revoke certification

air cargo security awareness air cargo watch
Air Cargo Security Awareness - Air Cargo Watch

You are the key to air cargo security.

  • What you can do to ensure air cargo security:
    • Display posters and the “Guide” at the following locations:
        • Cargo Acceptance Points
        • Shipping and Receiving Stations
          • Warehouses and other public locations
    • Challenge any one who is unfamiliar and/or fails to display appropriate identification at your facility
    • Go to click on “Air Cargo Watch” for information and printable products

You Are the Key

Air Cargo Watch Guide


notification of suspicious activities
Notification of Suspicious Activities

Timely reporting of suspicious activities ensures air cargo security.



  • Package weight is
  • inconsistent with contents
  • Unusual packaging
  • Signs of tampering (screws,
  • staples, etc.)
  • Vented packages
  • Erratic behavior and/or
  • nervousness
  • Excessive questions about
  • transport methods and/or
  • security requirements
  • Requests for specific
  • flights and flight times, etc.
  • Unusual pick-up or drop-off
  • locations

Report Immediately


Emergency Contact Information

If you notice any suspicious items or behaviors, contact any of the following immediately:

You are

the key to

air cargo


Make the call.

  • TSA Contact Center 866.289.9673
  • FBI Headquarters (24/7)202.324.3000
  • Local Emergency
  • 911


Thank you for your attention and dedication to ensuring air cargo security.