Transcript for Undercover DHS Tests Find Widespread Security Failures at US Airports
ABC news exclusive, the alarming new report revealing just how easy it is to get weapons through airport security checkpoints. ABC's Pierre Thomas in Washington with that. Good morning, Pierre. Reporter: Good morning. We're learning tsa screeners at numerous airports failed when put to the test by undercover agents trying to beat the system. ABC news has learned that tsa screeners recently failed 95% of tests designed to see if marked explosives or weapons could be smuggled through airport security checkpoints. The series of tests conducted by homeland security red teams who pose as passengers setting out to beat the system. According to officials briefed on the results, tsa agents failed 67 out of 70 tests when red team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints. Sources tell us in one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm in a magnetometer but screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat-down. Homeland security jeh Johnson Virginia, for a briefing about the findings. This morning the statement from the department of homeland security "Upon learning the initial findings of the office inspector general's report, secretary Johnson immediately directed tsa to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report." Homeland security officials insist that security at the nation's airports is strong. That there are layers of security including bomb-sniffing dogs and other technology seen and unseen but the officials we spoke to admit these were disappointing results. George. Okay, Pierre, thanks very much. As we said the patriot act will likely get reauthorized later this week. We'll see. We turn to a frightening
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