Disturbing' Undercover Probe Found TSA Screeners Missing Many Test Weapons

Disturbing' Undercover Probe Found TSA Screeners Missing Many Test Weapons

Disturbing' Undercover Probe Found TSA Screeners Missing Many Test Weapons

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.

The DHS did not publicly release the rate at which the TSA failed, but one insider told ABC News that an 80-percent failure rate was "in the ballpark".

An undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security revealed that TSA screeners, equipment, and security procedures are not up to par, failing to detect weapons.

While we saw a man breach an airport in a video this week, these tests looked at checkpoints, smuggling items through.

Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in his opening statement Wednesday that he found the briefing detailing TSA's vulnerabilities "disturbing".

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

The TSA announced it's taking the findings "very seriously" and "implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness".

Pekoske told Congressional members that the agency is prototyping two CT scan systems at checkpoints right now - the devices are already used for checked bags - that could give screeners greater ability to identify suspicious substances. American Airlines has contributed to the costs in order to accelerate deployment.

The new rules come at the end of a 120-day deadline for airlines to meet new USA regulations after the ban on laptops in plane cabins of some Middle Eastern airlines was lifted.

The statement added that the findings remain classified but that eight recommendations have been made to the TSA to improve checkpoint security.

She put the number of flights affected at around 2,100 daily.

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