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.