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A report questioned whether a 2010 deadline will be met to screen all cargo transported on passenger planes in the US.

The Homeland Security agents are members of the VIPER squad that is being sent on a random basis to airports nationwide, said Kathleen Petrowsky, the TSA's federal security director at O'Hare. (VIPER stands for Visible Intermodal Protection and Response.)

Each VIPER team consists of the Homeland Security agents, air marshals, a TSA bomb-sniffing-canine team, TSA inspectors and local law enforcement, officials said.

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