Airline Screeners Fail Bomb Tests
Lisa Myers reports on the continued ineptitude of TSA airport screeners.
Imagine an explosion strong enough to blow a car’s trunk apart, caused by a bomb inside a passenger plane. Government sources tell NBC News that federal investigators recently were able to carry materials needed to make a similar homemade bomb through security screening at 21 airports. In all 21 airports tested, no machine, no swab, no screener anywhere stopped the bomb materials from getting through. Even when investigators deliberately triggered extra screening of bags, no one discovered the materials.
The results don’t surprise me. The type of people who would be carrying bombs onto planes tend to be sharper than the kind of people who take jobs as airport screeners and there’s only so much scanning machines can do at this point. The problem, though, is that we are subjecting the American traveling public to annoying (and in my judgment, unconstitutional) government inspections that are completely worthless.