The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out a stricter cargo screening policy for six Middle East airlines. Flights with Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad will now participate in additional cargo screening if they are entering the United States. These airlines operate flights to the U.S. from seven points-of-departure airports in five countries, which are Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.A.E. In a statement, the TSA said, "these countries were chosen because of a demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation from them." The airlines will now have to provide certain information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection about cargo destined for the U.S. before loading and departure.
This information includes cargo contents as well as the names of senders and recipients.