Report: TSA doesn't know if bomb-detecting machines work

Report Claims TSA Doesn't Know If Bomb-Detecting Machines Work
Report Claims TSA Doesn't Know If Bomb-Detecting Machines Work

A new report claims American lives may be at risk because the TSA doesn't know if bomb-detecting machines are even operational.

An audit done by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found the Transportation Security Administration has such poor management over the maintenance of equipment that the agency doesn't even know if their machines are working.

"[The] TSA has not issued adequate policies and procedures to airports for carrying out equipment maintenance-related responsibilities," the audit reads. "Because TSA does not adequately oversee equipment maintenance, it cannot be assured that routine preventive maintenance is performed or that equipment is repaired and ready for operational use."

If the security equipment isn't working, TSA agents would have to resort to more time consuming methods for screening passengers and luggage which are less effective at detecting dangerous items.

"The safety of airline passengers and aircraft could be jeopardized," claims the audit.

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