TSA screenings fail to spot weapons most of the time, agency says

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CBS said it was "more than 70 percent", while ABC reported the number 80 percent was "in the ballpark".

TSA announced last month that all flights arriving to the United States would be subjected to new security screening procedures, with American citizens as well as foreigners possibly facing interviews by airline employees.

Despite TSA's incredibly poor evaluation on the undercover tests this year, in 2015, DHS found that the agency failed 95 percent of tests aimed at stopping covert inspectors from smuggling weapons, explosive materials or other potentially deadly objects through screening.

McCaul said he was briefed before the committee's open hearing by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general and administrator.

"This agency that you run is broken badly and it needs your attention", Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) told Pekoske.

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In a statement, the TSA said it took the "OIG findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening effectiveness at checkpoints".

This comes as the TSA released its weekly findings at airports across the country, with 82 firearms having been confiscated from carry-on bags. "We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures and new technologies".

The equipment is said to be ready and is being tested in TSA checkpoints in at least two airports, however software and installation challenges have slowed wider implementation.

While we saw a man breach an airport in a video this week, these tests looked at checkpoints, smuggling items through.

While the TSA catches scores of people with weapons - notably former Trump White House adviser Sebastian Gorka past year 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. "To raise the baseline of global aviation security, TSA issued a Security Directive and Emergency Amendment in June to enhance security measures for all commercial flights to the United States". She also said it would include "heightened screening of personal electronic devices" and stricter security procedures around planes and in airport terminals.

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