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

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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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Holiday travelers line up on Thanksgiving eve for a security screening before boarding their flights on November 27, 2013, at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Travelers make their way through security lines at Denver International Airport, November 27, 2013. Denver International Airport estimates more than 150,000 passengers will use the airport for holiday travel on Wednesday. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Holiday travelers line up on Thanksgiving eve for a security screening before boarding their flights on November 27, 2013, at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Holiday travelers line up on Thanksgiving eve for a security screening before boarding their flights on November 27, 2013, at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers wait in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Heavy rain will fall today from Atlanta to Boston while sleet and snow are forecast farther to the west as the heaviest travel for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday begins. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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