Outrageous Report: TSA Doesn't Know If Bomb-Detecting Machines Are 'Operational'
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not know if its screening machines are working, according to a disturbing report from the Department of Homeland Security.
"The (TSA) is not properly managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment," the Office of Inspector General said. "Specifically, TSA has not issued adequate policies and procedures to airports for carrying out equipment maintenance-related responsibilities. Because TSA does not adequately oversee equipment maintenance, it cannot be assured that routine preventive maintenance is performed or that equipment is repaired and ready for operational use."
"Consequently, the safety of airline passengers and aircraft could be jeopardized."
Jonathan Hunt reported on "Your World" that the TSA screens about 1.8 million passengers and 1.2 million pieces of check baggage every day at roughly 450 domestic airports, using 9,000 screening devices.
He said that flaws in the TSA’s Field Data Reporting System, which keeps track of how many bags go through various pieces of security equipment, have left TSA personnel unsure if machines that are used to detect bombs are working properly.
Aviation consultant Michael Boyd said that this is a sign that we're in "deep trouble."
"After 9/11, nobody responsible got fired," Boyd said. "We've got a guy named Jeh Johnson running Homeland Security. He should be fired for this."
Boyd said that this would be even worse if the screening methods were effective in the first place.
"This is not a deterrent to anybody. A real terrorist is not going to try to bring something through screening, as they did not do on 9/11. It's the backdoors of our airports."
Watch the "Your World" clip above.
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