TSA reportedly fails secret test of security measures

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

A recent undercover operation from the Department of Homeland Security found airport screeners, other security equipment and Transportation Security Administration procedures failed more than half the time. Members of Congress blasted the TSA for the continued failures and called the results "disturbing". CBS said it was "more than 70 percent", while ABC reported the number 80 percent was "in the ballpark".

TSA pre-check travelers are exempt from the new screenings and can leave devices in their bags when traveling through the designated pre-check line, according to the TSA. Representative Mike Rogers (R) Alabama, said, "this agency that you run is broken badly". Although this equipment has been tested at two airports, software installations has slowed progress toward expanding this at all US airports. Travelers now need to take out liquids, food, and electronics larger than a cell phone from their bags before entering security scanners at many airports, all in the goal of preventing risky substances and weapons from entering airports and aircraft.

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

When investigators did the same thing two years earlier, TSA equipment and personnel failed 95 percent of the time, prompting major changes in the agency, training academy for screening officers and updated procedures so that security could be more thorough.

"We take the OIG's findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints", TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement.

Lawmakers on Wednesday pushed for new scanner equipment and tighter security measures during the meeting on Capitol Hill, including machines that can create 3D scans of bags - allowing for agents to better spot any items that may be threatening.

"We have the technology and resources to do it, but we're not doing it because. we're paying for a wall", Rep. Bill Keating (D-Massachusetts) said, questioning how the agency's funding has been diverted to build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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