Airport Security Chief Replaced After Tests Show Massive Weapons-Check Gaps


The chief of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned yesterday as a new report chronicled massive failures in airport security. Melvin Carraway, the TSA's acting administrator, was reassigned, replaced by Mark Hatfield, Politico reports. TSA officials failed to stop undercover agents carrying fake explosives or banned weapons through airport security during 67 out of 70 trials, a new report alleges. ABC News reports that Homeland Security “Red Team” personnel posing as passengers were easily able to smuggle dangerous materials through checkpoints.

During one test, an undercover Homeland Security official was reportedly apprehended after he set off a magnetometer, but TSA agents did not uncover a mock explosive taped to his back, even during a pat-down. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he immediately directed TSA to implement “a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report.” Former TSA chief John Pistole has said that because the Red Team is so familiar with TSA policies, they are able to get past security in ways “not even the best terrorists would be able to do.”

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