The Transportation Security Administration was created in the aftermath of 9/11 to provide for aviation security.
Security measures were put in place, which involved invasive screening procedures and delays at many of our nations’ airports.
But a new report indicates there’s something terribly wrong within the agency.
Many Americans have put up with the TSA, for now, despite an initial uproar over the so-called “enhanced patdowns” and x-ray scanners (which were later replaced by millimeter wave scanners) in late-2010, early 2011.
But recent undercover tests by the Department of Homeland Security showed the “screeners, their equipment, or their procedures failed more than half the time.”
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.”
Inspectors “identified vulnerabilities with TSA’s screener performance, screening equipment and associated procedures,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.
The statement added that the 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.
The news of the failure comes two years after ABC News reported that secret teams from the DHS found that the TSA failed 95 percent of the time to stop inspectors from smuggling weapons or explosive materials through screening.
So what’s it all for?
If the agency is an utter failure at protecting our aviation security, should they continue to receive tens of billions in federal funds each year for nothing?
Will Americans continue to “tolerate” their invasive screening procedures when they come to realize it’s more security theater than actual security?
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