TSA Screenings Fail Up to 80 Percent of the Time, Investigation Finds

Disturbing' Undercover Probe Found TSA Screeners Missing Many Test Weapons

That test saw Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General operatives easily smuggle through fake weapons and explosives alike.

Homeland Security investigators found that, more than 70 percent of the time, undercover officers were able to get through TSA checkpoints with mock knives, guns and explosives, the House Homeland Security Committee was told Wednesday.

According to the study, TSA screeners, equipment, and procedures failed more than half the time.

According to an unreleased and classified report, recent undercover tests conducted by the Department of Homeland Security at several US airport security checkpoints found that the federally employed screeners and their equipment failed to identify risky materials more than half of the time, unnamed sources tell ABC News.

Word of those security lapses has some travelers at RDU International Airport anxious.

"Whether you're flying to, from or within the United States, TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security by strengthening the overall security of our commercial aviation network to keep flying as a safe option for everyone", said TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia.

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The findings were revealed Wednesday at a classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

According to ABCNews.com, government officials have offered at least eight recommendations to the TSA to improve checkpoint security, but no details were provided about which specific measures would be taken to improve.

Despite the high rate of failure, the results of this round of testing is better than two years ago, when screeners missed 95 percent of prohibited items.

Watch a report about the new findings below.

Pekoske said that "to invest in the CT technology requires funding above what TSA now has", but the agency wasn't on the path to CT development at checkpoints when the budget was developed, so the program wasn't reviewed for investment.

Congress and the TSA both supported installing CT scanners in place of outdated checkpoint scanners, but current funding doesn't allow that step to be taken, TSA administrator David Pekoske told Congress, CBS reported.

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