SOURCE: Coalition for Luggage Security

August 10, 2007 13:02 ET

The Coalition for Luggage Security Reports: First Lost Suitcases Now Lost Passengers

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 10, 2007) - The Coalition for Luggage Security today commented on the security breach at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. At 7:55AM Friday, a man entering terminal C went around the security checkpoint. From the time security was breached to the time the FAA grounded all outbound flights, 10 planes had already departed before a search could be performed. Six other planes were stopped on the tarmac and searched but they have not found the man. A half hour later the terminal was re-opened with no sign of the person responsible for this breach. http://www.wsoctv.com/news/13863816/detail.html

"We can only hope this individual means no harm and was indeed just 'confused,'" said Josh Holm, Director of The Coalition for Luggage Security. "What amazes the Coalition is how these officials opened up the terminal after only a half hour search and no sign of the man. Did they just give up because they couldn't find him? Do they really think it is safe to operate with this man still unaccounted for?" concluded Josh Holm.

"There was nothing standing in the way of this man if he wanted to bring a bomb in a suitcase or in a carry-on bag on one of those planes. This is a testament to the inconsistent abilities of our security staff at airports," commented Richard A. Altomare, President and Founder of The Coalition For Luggage Security and CEO of Universal Express, Inc. (OTCBB: USXP). "I am not sure what makes Airport officials think that this airport is safe to operate when the breach has not even been contained. How many suitcases get through daily without inspection? If one person can walk through without being detected, imagine how many suitcases get through on a daily basis without being screened or inspected," concluded Mr. Altomare.

The Coalition for Luggage Security has been urging Government officials and the airline industry to discuss alternate means of baggage delivery. 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 would ease the stress placed on luggage screening personnel, allowing the relocation of agent to fortify existing checkpoints.

A link to Mr. Altomare's position paper on luggage security can be found at: http://www.luggagesecuritycoalition.com/downloads/securitywp.pdf

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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