Critics of the Transportation Safety Administration have long argued that the elaborate and cumbersome searches we all go through at the airports is nothing more than security theater, designed to give the illusion of security without actually achieving it. The government just proved them right.
A recent internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security has found security failures at dozens of the nations’ busiest airports—breaches that allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints.
In one case, an alarm sounded, but even during a pat down, the screening officer failed to detect a fake plastic explosive taped to an undercover agent’s back. In all, so-called “Red Teams” of Homeland Security agents posing as passengers were able get weapons past Transportation Security Administration agents in 67 out of 70 tests — a 95 percent failure rate, according to agency officials…This isn’t the first time TSA officers have failed to detect fake terrorists and their weapons. “Red Teams” have been probing TSA checkpoints for 13 years, often times successfully getting weapons past airport screeners.
However, this time TSA agents failed to detect almost every single test bomb and gun, aviation experts said.
Every. Single. One. Makes you feel a lot better about being groped, probed and x-rayed, doesn’t it?