Gerry Shields and Dan Mangan
March 15, 2013
Politicians on Capitol Hill yesterday blasted the head of the TSA over a fake bomb slipped past Newark Airport screeners — and he defended the lapse by suggesting that other agencies “would have given us a heads-up” if the undercover agent carrying the device had been a real terrorist.
TSA Administrator John Pistole was called before the House Homeland Security Committee to explain his recent decision to allow travelers to carry small knives onto aircraft, but the conversation soon turned to the Feb. 25 breach.
“One of the planes that emanated on 9/11 came out of Newark, and the reason that this committee exists now is because of that tragic event,” said Rep. Donald Payne, (D-NJ), whose district includes the airport.