TSA Fails 80 Percent of Homeland Security Tests

ABC News is reporting that an undercover operation by Homeland Security shows that TSA failed most tests in U.S. airports

ABC News is reporting that an undercover operation by Homeland Security shows that TSA failed most tests in U.S. airports

The source says the Inspector General didn't use security experts, instead; secretaries and administrative workers were able to sneak high-tech. contraband through.

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.

According to the study, TSA screeners, equipment, and procedures failed more than half the time.

During a recent probe at US airports by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration screeners failed to detect test weapons more than half of the time, according to ABC News.

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It's unclear if our airport in Detroit was part of this testing.

The Department of Homeland Security has since offered eight recommendations to improve checkpoint security. Pekoske said the TSA itself conducted "tens of thousands" of internal tests last year and planned a similar number this year.

The failure rate of security test was "in the ballpark" of 80 per cent, a source close to the investigation told ABC News.

Despite TSA's incredibly poor evaluation on the undercover tests this year, in 2015, DHS found that the agency failed 95 percent of tests aimed at stopping covert inspectors from smuggling weapons, explosive materials or other potentially deadly objects through screening.

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"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.

The findings were revealed Wednesday at a classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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".

Congress and the TSA both supported installing CT scanners in place of outdated checkpoint scanners, but current funding doesn't allow that step to be taken, TSA administrator David Pekoske told Congress, CBS reported.

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