November 10, 2017

REPORT: TSA Airport Security Fails About 80% of the Time

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

A classified report shows that TSA airport security failed to find potentially dangerous objects about 80 per cent of the time during undercover tests by the Department of Homeland Security.

Inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half the time, according to a source familiar with the classified report.

When ABC News asked the source if the failure rate was 80 percent, the response was, "You are in the ballpark."

In a public hearing after a private classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security, members of Congress called the failures by the Transportation Security Administration disturbing.

Rep. Mike Rogers went as far as to tell TSA Administrator David Pekoske, "This agency that you run is broken badly, and it needs your attention."

Pekoske was confirmed by the Senate this summer. ... The [report's] findings remain classified but that eight recommendations have been made to the TSA to improve checkpoint security. It is not clear what those recommendations are.

These findings should outrage every American citizen. 

Another TSA test back in 2015 revealed similarly shocking results:

Agents missed 95 per cent of bombs and guns. 

Given that the TSA receives over $7.5 billion annually, one would assume there would be more accountability when it comes to ensuring potentially-dangerous weapons aren't smuggled onto commercial flights.

If a worker in the private sector failed to do his or her job 85-95 per cent of the time, they would be fired. Department managers would also be held accountable. 

But of course, this logic doesn't apply when we're talking about government organizations. In fact, such failures often result in more funding! It's easier to throw more taxpayer money at a problem than it is to acknowledge and fix its root cause. 

On the bright side, though, these test results suggest that $7.5 billion worth of airport security isn't necessary. In spite of the TSA's inability to detect weapons, there haven't been any major terrorism events on U.S. planes since 9/11. 

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commented 2017-11-13 12:20:05 -0500
The TSA is about creating the illusion of doing something. The screening isn’t meant to catch people beyond occasionally making an example of someone to create, again, the illusion of effectiveness (the liquid rule is perfect for this- they’re easy to catch, and can be confiscated without causing a scene). It’s to scare people so they don’t even try.

Regardless, I was traveling in Europe recently, and the difference in treatment between US bound travelers, and just about everyone else was very stark. People on my Toronto-bound flight were pretty much waved through. The Americans? Stuck in the scanner then interrogated. One wonders whether it’s necessary.
commented 2017-11-11 11:20:39 -0500
Having worked security in the past, the politically correct circus that is airport security is laughable at best…
commented 2017-11-11 11:19:49 -0500
TSA was created as a response to 9/11. Before TSA, each airline contracted private security to keep airplanes safe. Clearly the private sector approach didn’t go very well.
Airlines are reluctant to cause their passengers any lengthy delays, so they lobby the government to make sure the line-ups at security keep moving. Why don’t we use the Israeli model??? Because most of the travelling public wouldn’t stand for it.
commented 2017-11-11 08:09:08 -0500
It’s only a question of time before an airliner is brought down by a drone flown by what the news media will call “A LONE WOLF”.
commented 2017-11-11 03:11:53 -0500
The sooner that Americans recognize that the present TSA “screening process” is an elaborate and time wasting circus, conducted by the clowns, the closer we will move to current and real world security needs… Frisking 80-year-old Norwegian or Latvian grannies is as stupid and criminal and, eventually, dangerous as not asking “burqua babes” to show their faces… Too much, too much dangerous circus; too little reality..
commented 2017-11-11 02:26:19 -0500
Considering how well the big government and Bureaucracy do things these days , maybe 80% is an improvement.
commented 2017-11-10 19:31:26 -0500
TSA airport security manged to find my teeny tiny nail scissors & confiscated them! I had a travel manicure kit with me. After that, the agent felt she had to grope me everywhere…I wasn’t too happy about it. On this same trip, there was an elderly gentleman who was treated in a very rude manner & he was told to remove his belt and hold his arms out, yep, his pants fell down! I felt sorry for him, his face was bright red and he kept apologizing to everyone. Other agents were laughing at him.
commented 2017-11-10 19:14:07 -0500
OMG you mean Bureaucracy fails again in huge ways, i am so shocked. Of course the left will call for more of the same and probably more expensive failed bureaucracy to fix the problem.