Thompson Statement on TSA Covert Testing Reports
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement regarding media reports of aviation security concerns uncovered by covert testing by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG):
In light of recent media reports regarding covert testing by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, I am extremely concerned with TSA's ability to prevent weapons from getting through security and onto planes. The reported test results are alarming and expose problems with multiple layers of security. While I am pleased that Secretary Johnson acted quickly to mitigate the vulnerabilities identified by the covert tests, I remain troubled about the capabilities of the technology deployed and procedures in place.
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