If you thought you were safe… Think again!
The Department of Homeland Security recently went undercover as civilians to try to sneak weapons and explosives through different airports around the country, to test TSA security checkpoints. They did 70 tests . . . and the TSA only stopped them THREE TIMES. The other 67 times, the TSA failed to detect a bomb or weapon during baggage screening. That’s a 95% failure rate. WTF?
A Homeland Security spokesperson said that “the numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the failure rate “deeply alarming.”
“Over the past six years, we have seen TSA consume an enormous amount of government resources, but I’m not convinced we have much to show for it,” he said in a statement. “After spending over $540 million on baggage screening equipment and millions more on training, the failure rate today is higher than it was in 2007. Something is not working.”
“I have long been a proponent of using low-tech bomb-sniffing dogs to detect weapons and explosives,” he said. “Government needs to recognize that the most effective solution is not always the most expensive one.”
The spokesperson said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson directed TSA to take “a series of actions, several of which are now in place,” to address the issues the red team tests identified — but didn’t identify what those actions are.