The TSA just can't seem to catch a break these days. Fresh on the heels of its recent security badge fiasco, the agency tasked with securing our nation's airports is once again the center of public ridicule -- this time for utterly failing 95% of its undercover security tests
OK, so maybe it doesn't deserve a break.
Conducted by DHS "Red Teams" over an undisclosed period of time, these undercover tests were an effort to spot-check the TSA by attempting to smuggle various contraband items through security checkpoints at airports across the United States. Of the 70 tests conducted, the TSA failed a whopping 67 of them. That's gotta be a record or something. In fact, the DHS tests found no discernible improvements in the six years since its previous review in 2009, despite the TSA spending $540 million on new baggage screening equipment and $11 million on training.
Here's a disheartening example: in one of the 67 tests, an undercover Red Team agent managed to pass through security with a fake bomb taped to his back. Despite setting off an alarm on one of the TSA's screening devices, they still got the all-clear after screeners performed a pat-down and failed to discover the (again, fake) explosive device. Woof.