U.S. sets new rules for packages on cargo planes

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WASHINGTON — Certain “high risk” packages headed to the United States will undergo additional screening even if they are carried on cargo planes with no passengers, and larger sizes of toner and ink cartridges will be prohibited altogether from passenger flights, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday, as it moved to enhance security in response to the latest terror plot.

The new requirements will mostly affect all-cargo flights, as for the first time Homeland Security will require that certain packages being loaded onto these planes get “additional and enhanced screening” before a plane can take off, if it is flying to the United States from overseas. The changes took effect immediately.

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