UPDATE 1-US TSA chief meets with Yemenis on cargo security

* TSA administrator tours cargo facility in Sanaa

* Napolitano discusses security with shippers
(Adds Napolitano call with shipping executives)

By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (BestGrowthStock) – The head of the U.S. agency
charged with overseeing cargo security met on Wednesday with
officials in Sanaa to discuss the issue following last week’s
seizure of U.S.-bound package bombs sent from Yemen.

John Pistole, head of the U.S. Transportation Security
Administration, met with Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Rashad
al-Alimi and aviation officials and he also toured a cargo
facility in Sanaa, the agency said.

Investigators have been trying to determine whether the
mail bombs, intercepted in Dubai and Britain after a tip from
Saudi Arabia, were the work of the militant group al Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, which has previously tried to
attack the United States.

“We face a determined enemy, one who modifies their actions
looking for any opportunity to exploit security,” Pistole said
in a statement. “I am pleased with the work of our TSA
inspectors and the cooperation of Yemeni officials to improve
cargo security practices.”

TSA, which is responsible for U.S. cargo and aviation
security, has come under renewed scrutiny after the attempted
mail bombs. Some U.S. lawmakers have called on the agency to
improve screening of cargo.

The Department of Homeland Security, which includes TSA and
the Customs and Border Protection Agency, boosted security
after the discovery of the parcel bombs and halted cargo
shipments from Yemen to the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke with the
chief executives at some of the leading global shipping
companies, including United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N: ), DHL
[DHL.UL] and FedEx Corp (FDX.N: ), to discuss air cargo
screening.

“Secretary Napolitano underscored her commitment to
partnering with the shipping industry to strengthen cargo
security through enhanced screening and preventative measures,
including terrorism awareness training for personnel,”
Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.

The packages with the explosives were sent last week via
UPS and FedEx.

Cargo shipped on planes to the United States must meet
certain security requirements, including for screening, vetting
of personnel in the facilities and providing advance manifests
to authorities.
(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

UPDATE 1-US TSA chief meets with Yemenis on cargo security