Department of Homeland Security (DHS)Jeh JohnsonTransportation Security Administration (TSA)

Investigators smuggle weapons in 95% of trials

1 Jun, 2015

A TSA internal investigation reveals security failures where investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives and weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials. In one test by the TSA’s Red Team, an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down. The review determines that the TSA failed to make any noticeable improvement since 2009 despite spending $551 million for equipment and training since 2009. DHS statement:

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.

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