homesick shipping clerk's trip from New York to Dallas in a wooden
airline shipping crate shows America must do more to strengthen
cargo security, a homeland security official said Sept. 10.
certainly shows that we have more work to do on cargo security,"
Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary
for transportation security, told ABC News' "Good Morning America"
program. "We have to work with the private sector. We expect
these companies to know what goes into these items and to make sure
the shippers have some integrity to ship …"
from the Transportation Security Administration have interviewed
Charles D. McKinley twice to learn how he got past security. McKinley,
who startled his parents and a deliveryman when he popped of the
box outside their home, was arrested and jailed on unrelated bad-check
and traffic charges.
officials are considering additional charges of stowing away on
a plane for McKinley's overnight trip.
told investigators that he filled out shipping instructions saying
the crate held a computer and clothes. Authorities think he had
help from at least one co-worker at the warehouse where he works
in New York when he loaded himself into the box. It was taken by
truck from New York's Kennedy Airport to New Jersey, then loaded
onto a pressurized, heated cargo plane operated by Kitty Hawk Cargo.
there, it flew from Newark, NJ, to Niagara Falls, NY, then to the
carrier's hub in Fort Wayne, IN, and on to Dallas, the FBI said.
Billy Ray Thomas, a driver for Pilot Air Freight, picked up the
crate Saturday at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and delivered it to
McKinley's parents' home in suburban DeSoto.