Government oversight officials informed Congress on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow access to the most sensitive areas of an airport.
Lawmakers of the House’s Transportation Security Committee warned on Tuesday that commercial airline flights remain a “major target for terrorism” and that dangerous “gaps in security” screenings could lead to a terrorist attack.
House Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would require the Transportation Security Administration to accept certain gun carry permits as valid forms of identification.
A TSA agent has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse after allegedly molesting a student in a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
The Transportation Security Administration spent $160 million on body scanners that have largely failed to detect airport security threats.
The Transportation Security Administration is facing a new lawsuit for implementing body scanners before weighing in on public opinion or developing regulations for their use. The lawsuit would require the agency to come up with conclusive rules within 90 days, according to a press release.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday posted photos online of a passenger’s luggage, which contained large amounts of cash, despite admitting it violated no laws or regulations.
A rash of bomb threats were made against at least five U.S. flights on Tuesday, prompting the evacuation and search of one U.S. Airways plane in Philadelphia, according to reports on the incidents, which appear to be more widespread than previously believed.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday he reassigned the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration after earlier ordering improved security at U.S. airports.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Monday he had ordered improved security at U.S. airports after media reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents.