WORLDWIDE FLIGHT SERVICES CARGO HANDLING FACILITIES AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVES TSA CERTIFICATION
- FACILITY FULLY-CERTIFIED IN ADVANCE OF AUGUST 2010 DEADLINE FOR 100 PERCENT SCREENING OF CARGO
PITTSBURGH, PA (June 12, 2009) – Texas-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) crowned itself the first cargo handler to offer independent certified cargo screening facility (CCSF) locations in more than one state following the certification of its Pittsburgh International Airport (www.FlyPittsburgh.com) operation by the US Transportation Security Administration.
WFS operates a 47,240 square foot cargo centre in Pittsburgh. Its customers at the airport include Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta/Northwest Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines and USPS.
The Transportation Security Administration's Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) is a voluntary program in which facilities that seek approval as certified cargo screening facilities are required to meet a variety of rigorous security standards and are regulated by TSA.
To receive certification a CCSP would be required to submit to security threat assessments of personnel, adhere to specified physical security standards and maintain a strict chain of custody for cargo to be screened and forward to the air carrier as a condition of its acceptance as screened cargo by the air carrier.
This follows TSA certification in January of the WFS facility in Miami, the first CCSF to be approved in Miami and then only the third in the United States.
Karen Avestruz, WFS’s Director, Cargo Security and Compliance, said, “While we recognize that there is a limited need for the third-party screening facilities right now, we will continue to certify our cargo facilities in anticipation of the August 2010 TSA mandate to screen 100% of all cargo traveling on passenger aircraft. WFS will be well-positioned to provide screening services to our cargo community partners to fully meet this requirement."
WFS said it plans to open independent certified screening facilities in other US cities to assist more small-to-medium forwarders with the stricter cargo screening rules set to take effect in August 2010. The company said it is currently working on approval for its cargo locations in Philadelphia and Dallas Fort Worth.