Shake-up is or­dered at TSA

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

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.”

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