TSA fails recent test

November 10, 2017 08:02 AM

There are new concerns about airport security, especially as we head into the busy holiday travel season.

Undercover TSA agents were able to yet again smuggle test weapons and explosives through airport checkpoints. Screeners did a better job than in 2015 when they failed to detect 95 percent of inspectors' weapons. The latest failure rate is still unacceptably high.

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Two years ago, an explosive brought down a Russian jetliner over Egypt killing 224 people.  Last year a bomb ripped a hole in the side of a Somali jetliner, forcing an emergency landing.

"It has a huge effect taking down a commercial airliner,” says Duncan Gardham, NBC News Security Analyst. “You can kill a large number of people in a relatively short time and that is what they're aiming to do."

TSA officials say they are taking the inspector general's findings very seriously and are making changes to screenings at checkpoints.


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