The head of the Transportation Security Administration was “immediately reassigned” Monday following an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security that found a failure rate of 95 percent in airport breach tests.
According to the DHS report, “red teams” operating under the agency’s Inspector General were able to pass through airport screeners with banned items such as explosives and weapons in 67 out of 70 tests in airports around the country.
Acting TSA administrator Melvin Carraway was reassigned to a DHS program coordination with local law enforcement agencies, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told NBC News. Mark Hatfield, the agency’s deputy director, will take over until a new TSA administrator is appointed.
“The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security,” Homeland Security officials said in a statement.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the failure rate was ”deeply alarming.”
“Over the past six years, we have seen TSA consume an enormous amount of government resources, but I’m not convinced we have much to show for it,” he said in a statement. “After spending over $540 million on baggage screening equipment and millions more on training, the failure rate today is higher than it was in 2007. Something is not working.”
“I have long been a proponent of using low-tech bomb-sniffing dogs to detect weapons and explosives,” he said. “Government needs to recognize that the most effective solution is not always the most expensive one.”
Government at its best, right? Let’s continue to chip away at our Second Amendment and put more faith in our federal government to keep us safe, who is with me?!!! (If you can’t tell, I’m being sarcastic)