APNewsBreak: UK blocks UPS sites over security

June 17, 2011 - 6:14 AM

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it has barred UPS from moving air cargo through some U.K. facilities because of security deficiencies.

The Department for Transport disclosed the action on Friday but gave no information on the security issues and it didn't identify the locations involved.

UPS could not immediately be reached for comment.

The vulnerability of air cargo to terrorist attacks is a major worry for international security agencies.

Last year, two bombs were sent disguised in toner cartridges on cargo flights from Yemen. One was discovered at a FedEx cargo facility in Dubai, the other at a UPS depot in England.

In March, someone shipped a hoax bomb — which had a timer, wires and a detonator — to Turkey via the UPS office in London.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it has barred UPS from moving air cargo through some U.K. facilities because of security deficiencies.

The Department for Transport disclosed the action on Friday but gave no information on the security issues and it didn't identify the locations involved.

UPS could not immediately be reached for comment.