Aviation Containerization

A review of two air cargo-related articles and discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of the containerization aspects of air cargo.

This paper critiques two air cargo related articles, “Best and the Brightest” by William DeCota, and “U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approves Telair International Blast-Resistant Baggage Container” by Teleflex Incorporated. It looks at how the first article argues that containers have helped the air cargo industry grow, and the second article discusses new container technology. It explores how, although the aviation industry is very well-known for transporting people, the air cargo service is becoming more attractive to shippers as aircraft?s capacity, frequency of lifts, handling facilities, and number of service locations increases.
“Containerization protected the cargo on both the ground and while in flight from things like shift damage, theft, and weather. But, because containers put the entire cargo in one centralized canister, containerization actually made it easier for thieves to steal an entire cargo as opposed to if the shipment were split and most container damage occurs because of overcrowded conditions that force cargo to be stacked above recommended heights or re-positioned frequently. Nonetheless, the industry has been able to standardize air cargo and from the invention of containers the cargo industry has grown.”