US undercover agents able to smuggle weapons and explosives through 95pc … –

Travellers going through a TSA security checkpoint at LAX, California (Reuters)

In a statement issued Monday evening, Mr 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.”

Mr Johnson said he had directed TSA to take several corrective steps, including:

• Immediately revising standard operating procedures for screening.

• Conducting training for all transportation security officers, and intensive training for all supervisory personnel.

• Retesting and re-evaluating the screening equipment currently in use at airports across the United States.

• Continuing to conduct random covert testing.

Mr Johnson said that in the longer term, he has directed TSA and the Department of Homeland Security to “examine adopting new technologies to address the vulnerabilities identified by the Inspector General’s testing.”

The Homeland Security chief said that over the last year, “TSA screened a record number of passengers at airports in the United States, and … seized a record number of prohibited items.”

Still, he said, the agency was “constantly testing and adapting the systems we have in place.


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