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Disturbing' Undercover Probe Found TSA Screeners Missing Many Test Weapons

Disturbing' Undercover Probe Found TSA Screeners Missing Many Test Weapons

An undercover investigation by the US Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General found that the country's Transportation Security Administration detectors failed to notice weapons entering airports at an alarming rate: more than half of weapons passed through TSA screeners unnoticed.

While the TSA catches scores of people with weapons - notably former Trump White House adviser Sebastian Gorka previous year at Reagan National Airport - the inspector general's report in 2015 said that operatives from the office penetrated airport security in about 95 percent of their attempts.

Clandestine checkers successfully snuck mock explosives, knives and guns through airport security on more than 70 percent of attempts, CBS News reported.

TSA announced last month that all flights arriving to the USA would be subjected to new security screening procedures, with American citizens as well as foreigners possibly facing interviews by airline employees.

After a classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security, several members of Congress admonished the failures of the TSA as "disturbing". The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints.

The undercover tests were conducted by Homeland Security audit teams charged with probing TSA checkpoints nationwide.

Undercover tests conducted by the Department of Homeland Security revealed "vulnerabilities" at security checkpoints across USA airports.

Just two years ago, testing found a 95 percent failure rate.

Rep Mike Rogers told TSA Administrator David Pekoske that the TSA "is broken badly and needs your attention".

The results of the tests were leaked following a House Committee meeting on Homeland Security Wednesday.

According to ABCNews.com, government officials have offered at least eight recommendations to the TSA to improve checkpoint security, but no details were provided about which specific measures would be taken to improve.

"We have the technology and resources to do it but we're not doing it because. we're paying for a wall", Keating added. "We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures and new technologies".


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