Senate panel to hold hearing on airline cargo safety

The Senate Homeland Security committee will hold a hearing into the safety of airline cargo next week in response to the failed Yemen-based terror plot that involved hiding explosives in airborne packages. 

Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced that Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin will testify before the panel next Tuesday afternoon.

The purpose of the hearing is to "examine what actions are being taken to improve air cargo security in light of the Yemen parcel bomb plot uncovered in October and whether additional measures might be needed," according to a statement. 

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Monday that the U.S. has instituted new safety rules for airborne cargo that involves a ban on packages from Yemen and Somalia, as well as tougher screening for luggage and packages on international flights.