Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

TSA fails undercover probe nationwide

TSA fails undercover probe nationwide

"I found that briefing disturbing", Rep. Michael McCaul, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said at a public hearing Wednesday.

Clandestine checkers successfully snuck mock explosives, knives and guns through airport security on more than 70 percent of attempts, CBS News reported.

The Transportation Security Administration fails an overwhelming amount of undercover tests, with screening checkpoints unable to stop potentially deadly materials from making it onto planes around 80 percent of the time.

During the House Committee on Homeland Security hearing Wednesday, Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama told TSA Administrator David Pekoske, "This agency that you run is broken badly, and it needs your attention".

The TSA says it takes those recommendations seriously and is already implementing measures to improve screenings 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, ' he added.

When investigators did the same thing two years earlier, TSA equipment and personnel failed 95 percent of the time, prompting major changes in the agency, training academy for screening officers and updated procedures so that security could be more thorough.

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Frank Cilluffo, a former director of the Homeland Security advisory council, said the TSA can not be complacent as long as terrorists target airports. In that test, operatives successfully smuggled both fake weapons and fake explosives through airport security.

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.

Pekoske agreed that the TSA should prioritize improved technology, but not all committee members seemed to think the DHS was prioritizing the right things.

"To invest in the CT technology requires funding above what the TSA now has", said TSA administrator David Pekoske.

This comes as the TSA released its weekly findings at airports across the country, with 82 firearms having been confiscated from carry-on bags.

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