Are security measures neutralizing airfreight’s chief asset?

“We live and die by the clock. We never turn our back on it – never allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time,” says Chuck Noland, a time-obsessed efficiency expert for FedEx, in the opening sequence of the hit Robert Zemeckis movie “Cast Away.” He speaks to a group of trainees at the […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • July 3, 2018

Jettainer supports ’10 Rules’ list to care for ULDs

Unit load devices (ULDs) have been considered essential air cargo equipment for many years and, when in flight, they are just as important to the safety of a flight as the wings and the fuselage. Yet, when they are on the ground, too often ULDs are treated like disposable tin cans by unscrupulous carriers and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 29, 2018

Blockchain-based app can hold supply chain partners accountable for container damage

Logistics services provider TCompanies’ newest venture, Photo Equipment Interchange Receipt (PEIR), is an app for logistics companies that aims to digitalize the process of recording damage to containers and trailers. The PEIR app’s interface allows those handling freight at transition points in the supply chain to snap photos of the state of the container or […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 16, 2018

In Safe Hands: Some quick safety audit definitions

ACC3 – stands for “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport.” This designation is required in order for these carriers to fly cargo into or through the European Union. ACC3 ensures that companies are complying with terror-related security procedures. There’s a lot of overlap between cargo theft and […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 2, 2018

Cargo Chat: Has RFID’s time finally arrived at cargo facilities?

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is hardly a cutting-edge technology. The system of scanning and identifying objects through the use of radio waves has roots that reach back to World War II. Since then, it’s been used in countless tracking systems to monitor the movement of trucks and goods. In the air cargo world, adoption of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 8, 2016

Fried: Instead of banning batteries, let’s enforce our laws

About midnight on Feb. 7, 2006, the crew of UPS flight 1307 was alerted to a smoke indication in the cockpit as their DC-8 freighter was on its final approach to Philadelphia International Airport. The pilots immediately evacuated the airplane after landing, escaping with minor injuries as fire destroyed the plane and its cargo on […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 1, 2016

WCS 2016: More than just boxes, ULDs are fire safety equipment

BERLIN — The day that IATA announced its new ULD safety program also featured a panel discussion on the very hot topic of the place of ULDs as the front line of defense against lithium-ion battery fires. It is easy to think of Unit Load Devices as just expensive boxes. After all, the 900,000 ULDs […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 17, 2016

WCS 2016: IATA launches ULD safety campaign

BERLIN — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced the launch of a safety campaign to reduce the number of ground handling incidents involving Unit Load Devices (ULDs).   Through raising awareness of the need for careful handling of ULDs across all touch points, the campaign seeks to minimize flight safety risk and reduce […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2016

Pilots, shippers at odds over ICAO’s battery ban

Various aviation groups are still reacting to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) decision to temporarily ban the carriage of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft until a new packaging standard can be reached. The controversial issue has placed some groups in opposite camps. For instance, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), applauded […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 26, 2016

Has ICAO banned the wrong batteries?

Against the wishes of the International Air Transport Association, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed yesterday to temporarily ban the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft, which will go into effect on April 1 of this year. According to ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ban will only be in place until […]
  • David Harris
  • February 23, 2016

How to respond when the feds come knocking

NEW ORLEANS – Most forwarders hope to never have to deal with a government enforcement action, but the smart ones know that it’s best to be prepared just in case the TSA or the FAA come knocking when you least expect it. Speaking at yesterday’s Air Cargo 2015 session, attorney Braden K. Core, with Scopelitis, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 3, 2015

Safety rules may bar cargo transport to EU

Airlines could lose their right to transport cargo into the European Union from up to 200 airports as of Jan. 1, 2015, due to the EU’s safety regulations for the security of incoming air cargo and mail. Around 1,100 stations – airports or individual handling facilities within airports – have been validated under the European […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 11, 2014

Asia Pacific discusses future of aviation safety

More than 140 safety professionals representing Asia Pacific’s regulators and airlines are gathered in Bangkok for the Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar 2014 (APASS 2014), organized by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). APASS 2014 provides the Asia Pacific viewpoint on safety. “Flying is now part of everyday modern life,” AAPA Director General Andrew […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 21, 2014