They were just trying to protect the American public from terrorist attacks. Or were they?
In 2015, undercover agents were able to smuggle mock explosives and other weapons in 95% of testings. These tests were conducted by Homeland Security teams posing as normal passengers in attempt to beat the system. The TSA failed to detect weapons in 67 out of 70 trials, meaning it’s pretty easy to get weapons on to a plane. Old news, I know, but it hasn’t changed. Innocent passengers continue to have their civil liberties stripped away by invasive TSA agents.
They must’ve improved since then, haven’t they? Not quite. Recently, Homeland Security conducted another round of testing. “The test results were troubling,” Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said. “The failures included failures in the technology, failures in TSA procedures, and human error. We found layers of security simply missing.” Yet we continue to so graciously fund the TSA with $8 billion a year.
Apparently it’s pretty easy to make and use fake boarding passes as well. “I had downloaded an image of a boarding pass from the Delta Web site, copied and pasted the letters with Photoshop, and printed the results with a laser printer. I am not a photo-doctoring expert, so the work took me nearly an hour. The T.S.A. agent waved me through without a word,” Vanity Fair reporter Charles Mann said. Not only that, but targeted security (having to take off shoes, belts, etc) doesn’t even work. If a terrorist was trying to bring an explosive on a plane and knew they’d check his shoes, he’d most likely put it elsewhere.