SOURCE: Coalition for Luggage Security

August 22, 2007 13:20 ET

The Coalition for Luggage Security Reports on $420 Billion Risk of Airport Terror Attack

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - The Coalition for Luggage Security today reported on the economic impact of another terrorist attack on the United States. Scientific Journal "Risk Analysis" says that if another attack were to happen on the U.S. it could cause up to $420 Billion in damages. This report is based on an attack that would shut down the entire aviation system.

"The economic ramifications of another terrorist attack might likely cause irreparable damage to our already sluggish economy and a crushing blow to a struggling aviation industry. We need to find a better solution to our airport security flaws before rather than after an incident," said Josh Holm, Director of The Coalition For Luggage Security.

"Let's simply remember that baggage in an airport ticket line is an open invitation to such an incident. One unchecked bag on a plane could cause the same 420 billion dollar liability. Is our present luggage delivery system so efficient that Americans won't examine a new method? If there were no bags in the airport the efforts of thousands of TSA officers could be redirected to passenger screening, checkpoint security, and even border detection," said Richard A. Altomare, President and Founder of the Coalition for Luggage Security and CEO of Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP).

The Coalition for Luggage Security has been urging Government officials and the airline industry to discuss alternate means of baggage delivery 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 by services in the private sector 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.

A link to Mr. Altomare's position paper on luggage security 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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