Shake-up is ordered at TSA
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson directed the Transportation Security Administration to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country.
Johnson’s directives came after the agency’s inspector general briefed him on a report analyzing vulnerabilities in airport security — specifically, the ability to bring prohibited items through TSA checkpoints.
Johnson refused to describe the results of the classified report, but said he took it “very seriously.”
ABC News reported that undercover agents were able to smuggle prohibited items, such as mock explosives or weapons, through TSA checkpoints in 67 out of 70 attempts.
ABC cited anonymous officials who had been briefed on the inspector general’s report.
In a statement, Johnson said: “The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security.”