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TSA screeners failed 67 of 70 undercover tests to catch bombs, firearms

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Jun 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-01 16:23:27-04

Officials said TSA screeners failed 95 percent of recent undercover tests to challenge them to identify explosives and weapons in airport security.

CNN said a government official told them “red teams” with the Department of Homeland Security posed as passengers trying to pass through security with bombs or other weapons.

The official confirmed TSA officers failed 67 of 70 tests to catch the potentially dangerous items in security screenings.

Another government official told CNN the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report was not set to be issued until later this summer and is still being written.

A DHS spokesman told CNN, “Aviation security involves a number of measures, both seen and unseen, and we are constantly testing, measuring and enhancing our capabilities and techniques as the threat evolves.”