TSA screenings fail to spot weapons most of the time, agency says

by Ray Hunter November 10, 2017, 0:50
TSA screenings fail to spot weapons most of the time, agency says

That test saw Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General operatives easily smuggle through fake weapons and explosives alike.

Undercover Homeland Security investigators trying to sneak mock knives, guns and explosives past TSA agents at airports reportedly were successful around third-quarters of the time, according to multiple reports of a classified briefing that was given to a House committee.

An undercover operation revealed TSA screenings at airports fail most of the time.

According to ABC News, the report reveals that TSA failed most tests at USA airports during an undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security. Although this equipment has been tested at two airports, software installations has slowed progress toward expanding this at all USA airports.

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"We found that briefing disturbing", Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CBS News.

Word of those security lapses has some travelers at RDU International Airport anxious.

Democrat Rep. William Keating said during the committee meeting that $1.28 billion in TSA ticket surcharges is going to pay the national debt rather than to funding better security procedures, Newser reported.

Frank Cilluffo, former director of the Homeland Security advisory council, told CBS News that as long as terrorism is a threat at airports, "the TSA can not be complacent".

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"We take the OIG's findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints", Pekoske said.

"We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures, and new technologies", Pekoske, who was just sworn in this August, said in the statement.

Screeners did not detect 95 percent of test items in that investigation.

A TSA spokesman told CBS North Carolina Thursday that because the results of the tests are classified he couldn't comment, but he did confirm testing is conducted at RDU.

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Pekoske said TSA continues to embrace developments in technology, including use of CT scanners that provide a three-dimensional image in the Phoenix and Boston airports.


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