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Homeland Security tightens rules for air cargo

By Derek Kravitz and Ashley Halsey III

The U.S. tightened security on cargo shipments flown from abroad Monday, banning "high-risk" cargo from flying on passenger planes after last month's discovery of a plot that originated in Yemen to send bombs in shipped packages.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also extended last week's ban on all air cargo from Yemen to include Somalia as well. And she limited to less than 16 ounces the size of toner or ink cartridges that can travel in checked or carry-on baggage, a response to the discovery of a bomb disguised as a toner cartridge and shipped as cargo at a London airport.

"The threats of terrorism we face are serious and evolving," Napolitano said in a statement, "And these security measures reflect our commitment to using current intelligence to stay ahead of adversaries."

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By Derek Kravitz and Ashley Halsey III  | November 8, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
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