Maybe if the TSA spent less time looking at or touching people’s junk they would notice the loaded weapons being accidentally smuggled aboard airplanes. During last year’s holiday travel season Iranian-American Farid Seif was screened by the TSA officials at Houston airport. His hand luggage, an empty computer bag, was also X-rayed before he took off on his international flight. When Mr Seif arrived at his destination several hours later he realized that he had forgotten to unpack a loaded snub nose Glock pistol from his luggage before he embarked on his journey.
‘It’s just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun,’ Mr Seif told ABC News.’How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.’
every year since the September 11 terror attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert “red team tests”, where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major U.S. airports.
Apparently these undercover agents get away with plenty, but thanks to the transparency of the Obama administration the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have kept those results under lock and key.
Undercover TSA agents testing security at a Newark airport terminal on one day in 2006 found that TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times, the news network claimed.
And a 2007 government audit revealed that undercover agents were successful slipping simulated explosives and bomb parts through Los Angeles’s LAX airport in 50 out of 70 attempts. At Chicago’s O’Hare airport, agents made 75 attempts and succeeded in getting through undetected 45 times.
Does that make you feel good? Whenever the TSA has been tested, approximately 90% of the time weapons have gotten through security screening.