TSA Screenings Fail Up to 80 Percent of the Time, Investigation Finds

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While the TSA catches scores of people with weapons - notably former Trump White House adviser Sebastian Gorka a year ago at Reagan National Airport - the inspector general's report in 2015 said that operatives from the office penetrated airport security in about 95 percent of their attempts.

The failure rate of security test was "in the ballpark" of 80 per cent, a source close to the investigation told ABC News.

Chair of Homeland Security says they are "vulnerabilities I think every member at the briefing found disturbing".

Air passengers have long grumbled about the annoyances of TSA security lines and the increasingly onerous restrictions imposed when flying. Those inspections reportedly included taking in weapons and explosive materials through screening checkpoints.

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The TSA said it's implementing measures to improve screening.

The failure rate is actually an improvement from a similar undercover operation undertaken by the DHS in 2015, when operatives found the TSA had a failure rate of 95 percent.

Undercover tests conducted by the Department of Homeland Security revealed "vulnerabilities" at security checkpoints across U.S. airports.

Pekoske told Congressional members that the agency is prototyping two CT scan systems at checkpoints right now - the devices are already used for checked bags - that could give screeners greater ability to identify suspicious substances.

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The Department of Homeland Security has since offered eight recommendations to improve checkpoint security.

Pekoske said that "to invest in the CT technology requires funding above what TSA now has", but the agency wasn't on the path to CT development at checkpoints when the budget was developed, so the program wasn't reviewed for investment.

The TSA said in its release, that it is pursuing areas where it can make investments to implement credential authentication technology, automated screening lanes and computed tomography.

Pekoske also acknowledged that poor morale at the TSA continues to be a challenge. Thompson pointed out that it "has consistently struggled with low morale across the workforce, ranking 303 out of 305 government agencies in 2016".

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