by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Just before the crucial and hectic Thanksgiving holiday travel period, a government watchdog has found the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) missed roughly three out of every four knives, guns, weapons, and mock explosives screened through its airport checkpoints.
Undercover investigators from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General were able to sneak banned items through TSA-manned screening checkpoints more than 70% of the time, according to CBS News and The Washington Post, who reported on the still-classified findings.
While still dismal, the new findings are an improvement of sorts over a 2015 round of internal testing, which found that TSA screeners failed 95% of the time.
In a statement sent to The Voyage Report, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the agency “concurs” with the OIG’s findings and that it will focus on “innovation, evolution and improvements to identify and resolve security risks at airports.”
“We take the OIG’s findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints,” Pekoske said in the statement.
“We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures, and new technologies,” he continued.