The Transportation Security Administration was recently put through some homeland security tests…and failed. The TSA missed a whopping 80 percent of weapons that were smuggled through security as a part of the test. Congress has called the results “disturbing.”
To do this test, the Department of Homeland Security sent people through security while undercover. Only 20 percent of the smuggled items they tried to bring through were discovered.
Since the test results have been shared, the government has reportedly come up with eight new ways to increase their success rate. This might mean having tighter security all around, as well as scanner machines that just simply work better. Sounds like a good idea. Apparently some of the hold up on getting new machines around the country has to do with issues involving software and installation.
TSA administrator David Pekoske made it clear that they’re taking the situation seriously.
“We take the OIG’s findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints. We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures, and new technologies.”