WASHINGTON – According to a government official, Transportation Security Administration agents failed undercover tests designed to challenge their ability to identify explosives or weapons.
“Red Teams” from the Department of Homeland Security posed as passengers and tried to pass through security with explosives or weapons.
TSA officers failed 67 out of 70 tests, allowing the items through.
The numbers come from a DHS Inspector General report. A separate government official said that report is still being written and was not set to be issued until later this summer.
A DHS spokesperson said, “Aviation security involves a number of measures, both seen and unseen, and we are constantly testing, measuring and enhancing our capabilities and techniques as the threat evolves.”