SOURCE: Coalition for Luggage Security

June 06, 2007 15:29 ET

The Coalition for Luggage Security Questions Airport Security When Man Caught With Gun in Luggage

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - The Coalition for Luggage Security is once again raising concern about the dangers of luggage in airports. Henry C. Woods Jr. is now facing charges for attempting to check a bag that contained a loaded firearm. He was boarding a flight from Miami to Honduras when his bag was found to contain a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 revolver.

"Although the man's intentions were unclear, the simple truth is that he was able to walk into an airport with a loaded gun. This is yet another example of the inherent flaws in our current security system," said Richard A. Altomare, Chairman and Founder of The Coalition For Luggage Security and CEO of Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP). "The only way we can prevent a serious terrorist threat penetrating airports with luggage bombs is to take luggage out of the airports," continued Mr. Altomare. The Coalition for Luggage Security aims to do just that.

"If a man could conceal a firearm in his luggage and get into an airport, what is stopping someone from concealing a bomb in a suitcase?" asked Josh Holm, Director of the Coalition for Luggage Security.

"The Coalition for Luggage Security urges Government officials and the airline industry to eliminate threats that result from the presence of luggage in airports and on passenger flights. Passenger luggage should not be shipped on passenger flights, and we propose passengers should be given a choice to ship their bags in advance of their trip to reach their destination before they arrive. This action would dramatically reduce the number of bags on airplanes and in airports. A decline in passenger baggage reduces the prospect of infiltration of terrorist devices in airports or onboard airplanes," concluded Richard A. Altomare.

The Coalition for Luggage Security White Paper on separating luggage from passengers can be found at

About The Coalition for Luggage Security

The Coalition for Luggage Security was established to ensure the safety of travelers through alternate means of luggage transportation. The Coalition consists of prominent businesspersons and companies that educate the public, Congress and the Administration on the importance of solving the luggage and cargo safety issues that exist in airlines and airports.

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