TAMPA (FOX 13)
The TSA boasts about the safety and reliability of its airport body scanners in promotional videos. But federal inspectors found some problems that are raising more red flags in Congress. In undercover tests, federal agents snuck fake explosives past the scanners and screeners 67 out of 70 times. Back in June, the checkpoints failed the security tests 96-percent of the time.
The TSA responded with ramped up scrutiny at the airport checkpoints. But TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger has said the lapses also tie into issues with technology.
"This is a huge concern," said Neffenger "It greatly concerns me to know we had that failure rate at the checkpoints."
The details of the federal security lapses are still classified. But member of Congress who have read the reports point to issues with the machinery that need to be improved. Senate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson suggested that metal detectors should be added to checkpoints to account for issues with body scanners. And newly disclosed records first obtained and reported by Politico place the cost at $120 million.
The TSA is trying to improve the system through software patches and ramped up training.