SOURCE: Coalition for Luggage Security

July 16, 2007 12:25 ET

The Coalition for Luggage Security Reacts to Miami Bomb Scare

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - The Coalition for Luggage Security today commented on the evacuation of Terminal F, at Miami International Airport. An x-ray machine scanning checked baggage discovered a box that possibly contained an explosive device. The police were notified by the TSA and the bomb squad arrived on scene to discover that the box contained cremated human remains. The Terminal opened back up almost 3 hours later.

"This just shows how easily a bomb, hidden in a suitcase, can get into an airport. These are the types of instances we hope to avoid by removing luggage from our Airport Terminals," said Richard A. Altomare President and Founder of The Coalition for Luggage Security and CEO of Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP). A link to his White Paper on luggage security can be found at:

"The TSA personnel believe they properly sounded the appropriate alarms. That is not what concerns us. The fact that the possible threat was found in a crowded MIA ticketing area and almost three hours of inconvenience are becoming acceptable airports expectations does concern us. If an actual bomb were detected in a similar location and detonated before the terminal was properly evacuated, the consequences would have been devastating for all airports worldwide," said 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 in airplanes and airports. An elimination of passenger baggage reduces the prospect of infiltration of terrorist devices in airports or onboard airplanes," concluded Mr. Holm

"Let's stop this 'knee-jerking,' '1940' policy of security. Whether it's a 'gut feeling' or a faulty reading on a scanning machine, Americans should stop being treated like expendable yo-yos. We posses the futuristic technology to separate passengers from their luggage, to return our airports from neurotic fearful places to places of excitement, to restore them to places of true democracy and free movement. More uniforms and more evacuations, or more creativity and freedom? The choice for our grandchildren must be made before the detonation of an, easy to carry on, suitcase bomb in our now over-crowded airports. Obviously the TSA has been experimenting with solving overcrowding in airports, they simply evacuate them," concluded Mr. Altomare.

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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