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What does Restrictions mean for UPS?

Department of Transport blocks UPS Deliveries for Security

In a move that seems to be reminiscent of the British Government’s decision not to upgrade Internet Explorer 6 to something more secure citing security reasons, they have stopped United Parcel Service (UPS) from doing security scans on their cargo for “security” reasons. It seems that the UK Department of Transport is going on the somewhat cryptic logic that by not allowing any  cargo through it will secure the UK from an attack of ink cartridge bombs.

Surely all it will do is mean there will be lots of exploding ink sitting on the runway instead.

How will it affect UPS However?

Experts seem to think that this will be a short term delay to deliveries. UPS is a major

UPS Trucks carried on a FedEx Truck

organisation and they will adapt their policies to the new way that Britain wants them to scan their parcels. Otherwise they would lose to competitors not only here but abroad – after all who would want to ship with a company that does not take security seriously?

Financial experts are even going so far as to recommend the purchasing of stocks of UPS which is currently sitting at a low period in stock levels but will likely see this rise once the situation has been resolved.

A spokes person for UPS has indicated that they have a contingency plan already in place.

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Guardian | BBC News | Edmonton Journal

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Airport: For security reasons please remove your pants.

Family GuySecurity measures at airports to prevent terrorism against planes has long been criticized as being over kill. Introduction of shoe x-ray process, extra effort taken to check laptops, restriction of what may be taken on board it all serves as a waste of time.

With a toilet sized container of flamable liquid onboard it is likely to take down the plane anyway. So it should really come as no surprise that the chairman of British Airways has gotten a little bit annoyed by checks.

The illusion of security is not being enforced by ridiculous “security” checks. He accuses the airport industry of doing what big brother (America) tells us to do regardless of weather or not it is a useful policy. Demanding that we should run our own country and airports the way we want seems a very sensible policy. The fact that in the United States the Americans do not even do many of the security checks they demand that we do should be a reminder that we are our own nation. We should stand up to the neighbourhood bully.

Many of the new checks are a direct result of someone plotting or thinking of using them to commit acts of terror. Which raises the question given a Nigerian man plotted to detonate a device hidden in his pants last year, when will the Americans insist that people on board flights are pant-less – surely that would help with security? Or maybe not.

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The Telegraph

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Skeletal Scaner security ID

X Ray Scanner X-Ray scanners at airports could soon be a thing of the past. The new system would look at the skeleton and be able to accurately identify people based on that. At as much as 50 meters away from the scanner also. In an ideal world, this  could make getting through airport security much quicker. As you enter the building, you would be cleared for access through the security gates.

There is some problems with this approach however. Data Security, our government has certainly shown it cannot be trusted with personal information so can we really trust them with a database of people’s skeletons? It could even be said that this would be an invasion of privacy. The system would identify in depth bone issues such as broken bones and fractures, thickness of the bone.

The other issue that is likely to prevent this  kind of system replacing XRay at airport is the fact that the information must already be on record in order to establish if a person is trustworthy of airport access. Conducting a worldwide database of full body scans will be near on impossible. It would be like the DNA Database kept by the police which has aroused many concerns in the past.

Well, I am going to go and buy some shares in the Tin Foil industry.

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The Register