The Department of Homeland Security is planning more covert security checks of the Transportation Security Administration at airports throughout the nation this summer, the department’s top inspector said this week.
DHS Inspector General John Roth told members of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that his office is developing testing methods, and that the checks will take place during the peak travel season.
The round of tests will come one year after a report revealed that screeners missed detecting fake bombs and weapons 95 percent of the time. They’ll also follow scrutiny from the media in recent weeks over long lines at security checkpoints at major airports that have caused hundreds of people to miss their flights.
“As a result of our audit reports … TSA is now, for the first time in memory, critically assessing its deficiencies in an honest and objective light,” Roth said.