TSA Failed Undercover Homeland Security Test

There are a countless number of airline passengers who disagree with the tactics the TSA employs. Now, they have some support for their grievances. Recently, undercover agents with a Homeland Security team, were able to smuggle potential threats through TSA checkpoints 95 percent of the time. ABC News conveyed that the team was able to fool TSA workers in 67 out of 70 recent trials. One agent even set off an alarm, but TSA agents still could not find the fake explosive he taped to his back. Once the results came in, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson requested the TSA revamp immediately. Johnson said:

"Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of Inspector General’s report, Secretary Johnson immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report."

In addition, Homeland security officials seemed frustrated because they were initially quite confident with airport security. One similar test achieved the same result in 2013. At Newark Liberty International Airport, one agent went through a metal detector and was patted down by TSA. The fake explosive, hidden on his body, was not found. At a Capitol Hill hearing in 2013, former TSA administrator John Pistole said:

"[Testers] know exactly what our protocols are. They can create and devise and conceal items that… not even the best terrorists would be able to do."

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