American Airlines Clarification of the new TSA Air Cargo qualified Product list
From the AA Air Cargo website March 29, 2013
"The TSA Air Cargo Screening Technology list shows, that beginning this year, some of the primary technologies used to detect dangerous cargo will become obsolete. In June Morpho Detections Vapor trace !! and Smith's Detection Sabre 4000 will become obsolete. Then at the end of the year these additional Explosive Trace Detection machines will also become obsolete. Morpho Detection Itemiser 2 and Smith's Detection Ionscan 400B and Ioncan 500DT.
These machines have been the workhorses of Cargo Screening for years, yet integrating EVEN MORE CAPABLE DEVICES is critical and Air Carriers are already taking cargo to the next level. How do we know these new machines will be more effective? AIR CARRIERS (American Airlines among them) HAVE BEEN USING THEM FOR SOME TIME.
There is a rigorous 8 step process for evaluating improved technology. In steps 1-4, security manufacturers submit white papers and data to the TSA for assessment. Step 5 looks at coordination and transfer of new technologies into the testing phase and step 6 puts the devices through their paces. In step 7 and 8, test results are reviewed and if deemed effective, new technologies are added to the TSA QPL.
After the technology qualification is complete, this is where the carriers come in. Through pilot programs TSA works with airlines and other cargo screeners to conduct further tests in real world scenarios and the TSA determines whether the machines work as designated.
A stated expiration date gives carriers and other screeners a timeframe in which to phase out the old technology and BRING IN THE NEW MORE EFFECTIVE MACHINES. EVEN AS THE OLDER TECHNOLOGIES ARE BECOMING OBSOLETE, THE TSA AND SOME INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS ALREADY HAVE THE NEWEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE MACHINES READY TO GO. "
Sound familiar???????? How nice of American Airlines to tell our story. Keep the faith and hold your shares tight. Patience...........