Undercover tests with TSA reveals loopholes in US airport security checks

Published on : Friday, November 10, 2017

Domestic flight passengersAccording to a new report, TSA screeners, equipment and security procedures failed the majority of the time in recent undercover tests.



The Department of Homeland Security did the undercover tests and revealed the ‘vulnerabilities’ at security checkpoints across US airports. There were reported failures in the tests done for Transportation Security Administration screener performance, screening equipment and associated procedures.



The Department of Homeland Security has offered eight recommendations to improve checkpoint security following the failure rate of security tests. Because the findings of the tests are classified, the recommendations remain unclear.




The members of Congress, who were handed over the classified report of the tests called it ‘disturbing’. Rep Mike Rogers told TSA Administrator David Pekoske that the TSA ‘is broken badly and needs your attention’.



In the public hearing on Capitol Hill this week, members pushed for new scanning equipment, which creates 3D images of bags, which can help TSA identify potentially threatening items.



The equipment is already being tested at TSA checkpoints in two US airports.



Last month, TSA announced that all passengers arriving to the US will be subjected to new security screening procedures which would include both American as well as foreign citizens and might possibly face interviews by the airline employees.



The new security measures come after the Trump administration previously rolled out a laptop ban and travel bans that have thrown the international travel industry into disarray.



Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the TSA said that the security measures affect all individuals, international passengers and US citizens, travelling to the United States from a last point of departure international location.’



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