In undercover tests at airports across the country, Transportation Security Administration agents allowed a terrifying amount of fake weapons and bombs to pass through baggage at security checkpoints. Even more shocking is the realization that the problem used to be a lot worse.
According to a report by CBS This Morning, the failure rate of TSA agents missing a knife, gun, or explosives is between 70 to 80 percent. The failure rate two years ago, which prompted an overhaul to procedures, was at 95 percent. An improvement? Hardly.
Inspectors found failures among equipment, procedures, and the TSA agents themselves. So, it appears that the blue-gloved thugs that are supposed to keep you safe flying the sometimes unfriendly skies are only getting to know your body more intimately and throwing away millions of bottles of harmless water.
"This agency that you run is broken badly and it needs your attention,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), who serves on the Homeland Security Committee, told TSA Administrator David Pekoske.
Eight recommendations were presented to the TSA but they remain classified in hopes to actually provide security at checkpoints.
From ABC News:
The news of the failure comes two years after ABC News reported that secret teams from DHS found that TSA failed 95 percent of the time to stop inspectors from covertly smuggling weapons or explosive materials through screening.
That report led to major changes ordered at TSA by then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The agency opened a training academy for transportation security officers and changed procedures to reduce long lines.
That means a giant pile of money was wasted. And now, Democrats are complaining that this is all Trump’s fault.
Massachusetts Rep. Bill Keating said, “We have the technology and resources to [improve TSA] but we're not doing it because... we're paying for a wall.”
But TSA chief Pekoske says the agency is taking the terrible results seriously and promising to do better in the future: “We take the OIG’s findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints. We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures and new technologies.”