TSA reportedly fails secret test of security measures
Nov 10 2017
The same source familiar with the classified government report said that an 80 percent failure rate was "in the ballpark" of how poorly the agency is performing.
TSA pre-check travelers are exempt from the new screenings and can leave devices in their bags when traveling through the designated pre-check line, according to the TSA.
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.
The source says the Inspector General did not use security experts, but secretaries and administrative workers instead.
The program started in July and has slowly expanded across the country to 280 airports in response to what the Department of Homeland Security calls increased threats to aviation security. Representative Mike Rogers (R) Alabama, said, "this agency that you run is broken badly".
Capitol Hill lawmakers are now pushing for the full implementation of 3D-image scanning equipment of bags, that would allow screeners to more easily spot threatening items in one's carry-on.
Pekoske said that "to invest in the CT technology requires funding above what TSA now has", but the agency wasn't on the path to CT development at checkpoints when the budget was developed, so the program wasn't reviewed for investment.
"We will invest in our people, continue to improve our processes, and engage new technology to keep transportation systems secure", Pekoske said.
Undercover tests conducted by the Department of Homeland Security revealed "vulnerabilities" at security checkpoints across U.S. airports.
The TSA said it's implementing measures to improve screening.
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. "To raise the baseline of worldwide aviation security, TSA issued a Security Directive and Emergency Amendment in June to enhance security measures for all commercial flights to the United States".