Universal Detection Technology has analyzed the recent government alert connected to bioterror weapons like advanced synthetic DNA makers in such locations as the air cargo systems on an airplane.
Commercial genetic sequencing has been around for years, but if sensitive genetic materials get into the wrong hands, it may be possible to recreate bacterial pathogens like smallpox. The technology may also allow terrorists to enhance these pathogens, increase their potency and devise new “designer” biological weapons.
“It is well known that Al-Qaeda has been trying to develop biological weapon capability for some time and the packages sent last week would have gone undetected had they contained a biological weapon such as anthrax,” Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. “The air cargo transport system should take advantage of the most advanced bioweapon detection technologies.”
The vast volume of packages in the air cargo system and the lack of standardized regulations on government inspections may lead to dangerous vulnerabilities. The air cargo moves on both passenger and freight planes. The screening process for this cargo is much more stringent on passenger planes than it is on freight planes. The cargo rules also tend to vary from country to country, which can create vulnerability when freight is brought to the United States.
Twenty million pounds of cargo are transported by passenger planes every single day, according to the International Air Cargo Association, which makes up 16 percent of the total freight carried into or out of the United States.