The next time you travel and wonder, “Is all this security really necessary?” try not to fixate on the fact that the security measures keeping bombs off of your plane are, apparently, mainly for show. The Daily Mail reports that the TSA missed a whopping 95% of explosives and other dangerous materials when conducting an internal investigation.
An internal investigation by the Transportation Security Administration found that 95 per cent of those testing airport checkpoints were able to bring weapons through the system.
Members of Department of Homeland Security Red teams were able to bring dozens of banned weapons and mock explosives past TSA agents, who failed 67 out of 70 tests.
Undercover officials posed as passengers with different kinds of weapons, and repeatedly beat the measures aimed at keeping real flyers safe during trials that recently ended.
Unnamed officials spoken to by ABC News admitted that the results were disappointing.
In one test a man with a fake bomb strapped to his back set off a metal detector, but was allowed to go on to the plane boarding area after a pat-down didn’t find the device.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was ‘frustrated’ by the findings and issued immediate changes.