Things I’m Reading – The failures at TSA start long before screeners fail to detect bombs in tests | Jason Edward Harrington

The failures at TSA start long before screeners fail to detect bombs in tests | Jason Edward Harrington
By Jason Edward Harrington

The agency fails covert tests 95% of times because it’s full of poor managers who can’t maintain a balance between security needs and passenger wait times

The recent news of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents missing 95% of covert tests by the Red Team – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) group that purposely tries to sneak explosives past security – reveals a lot about the TSA, but it doesn’t mean your flight is in any more danger than it’s ever been.

In a statement that drew a lot of sarcastic fire from commentators, DHS secretary Jeh Johnson remarked that the test failure numbers “never look good out of context.” After living in fear of the dread Red Team for six years, allow me to give you that context: the Red Team tests are highly theoretical – like failing a postmodern philosophy exam – but the failure points to a deeper, systemic problem that needs to be addressed.

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June 7, 2015 at 01:00PM
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