Air cargo is an Achilles heel of airline safety. Approximately 60% of all air cargo enters the United States on passenger jets, but not all of it is screened.
In October 2010, Al Qaeda nearly succeeded in exploiting this weakness by coming extremely close to blowing up two international flights headed to Chicago. With state-of-the-art sophistication, their top bomb maker transformed innocuous laser printers into bombs which were packed inside boxes and transported as cargo.
CNN’s Nic Robertson tells the story of how these bomb-laden printers were only discovered during the planes’ layovers, having already completed several legs of their journeys.
More than a year later, air cargo is still not sufficiently screened, say security experts. And with the laser printer bomb-maker at large, planes and passengers are still vulnerable.
CNN Presents "Deadly Cargo" is one of three riveting stories not to be missed this Saturday at 8:00 pm, 11:00 pm and 2:00 am, re-airing at the same times on Sunday.