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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:19 PM
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Airport screeners fail to see most test bombs
By Ron Marsico
Newhouse News Service

NEWARK, N.J. Screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the starting points for the Sept. 11 hijackers, failed 20 of 22 security tests conducted by undercover U.S. agents last week, missing concealed bombs and guns at checkpoints throughout the major air hub's three terminals, according to federal security officials.

The tests, conducted Oct. 19 by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, also revealed failures by screeners to follow standard operating procedures while checking passengers and their baggage for prohibited items, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We can do better, and training is the path to improved performance," said Mark Hatfield Jr., the Newark airport's federal security director. The poor test results at Newark come after heightened security procedures that the TSA put in place at U.S. airports in August.

One of the security officials familiar with last week's tests said Newark screeners missed fake explosive devices hidden under bottles of water in carry-on luggage, taped beneath an agent's clothing and concealed under a leg bandage another tester wore.


But boy, they sure can stop people from wearing anti-Bush t-shirts. I feel a whole lot safer!
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NOLADEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:24 PM
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1. I am all for open and honest reporting, but jeez
Do they have to say what kinds of bombs were undetected (i.e. taped on under clothes, under water bottles, etc.)?

Seems irresponsible in a way unless they have given the screeners an opportunity to fix the problem, no?
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:29 PM
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2. I would hope that TSA screeners across the country
would receive additional training based on the results of these tests. I would also hope that the negligent ones in Newark would be out on their asses, looking for jobs at the level of their (in)competence--greeter at Wal Mart comes to mind.
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