TSA Fails to Catch 95% of Fake Bombs: Report

Think about this the next time the TSA takes away your 4 oz. water bottle.

Well, this is comforting: According to a new report, the TSA completely and utterly failed a test conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The TSA allowed undercover DHS officers who were carrying fake explosives or fake weapons to pass through airport security 67 out of 70 times.

(Think about that statistic next time the TSA takes away your 4 oz. water bottle or makes you take off your flip flops at security.)

According to a report from ABC News, in one incident, an undercover agent carrying a fake bomb strapped to his back set off an alarm at an airport body scanner. A TSA officer gave the undercover agent a pat down, and then sent him (with undetected the fake bomb) on to board his flight.

The tests were conducted “recently,” and apparently additional security measures have now been put in place to plug these security gaps.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a written statement in response to the test, saying, “Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of 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.”

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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