Air Travel: When Congress decided to let the federal government take over airport security in the wake of 9/11, critics said it would only make matters worse. Fourteen years later, it looks like the critics had it exactly right.
And what did taxpayers get for their money?
A recent security audit found that TSA scanners failed to stop explosives and weapons 96% of the time.
Sen. Ron Johnson said that the scanners “weren’t even catching metal.” That’s worse than the TSA did in 2004-05, when it screening process missed “only” 70% of the time.
Fully $40 million of the $160 million, for example, went for “naked” X-ray scanners that the TSA later pulled from airports. Another recent audit found the TSA failed to identify 73 airport workers who were on terrorist watch lists. A congressional report in 2011 found that the TSA suffered 25,000 security breaches during the previous decade. And accounts of miscreant TSA agents abusing passengers are legion.
Full article: TSA Spent $160 Mil For Scanners With A 96% Failure Rate (Investor’s Business Daily)