The hearing was supposed to be closed but was opened to the press after members of Congress decided the findings were too urgent to be kept under wraps.
The Transportation Security Administration said it agrees with the report and is committed to Department of Homeland Security recommendations, though are no specifics on what those entail.
Though the specifics of the operation's results remain classified from a prior private briefing, CBS News reported the committee was told that more than 70 percent of the time, undercover agents were able to walk through TSA checkpoints with mock knives, guns and explosives.
According to NBCNews.com, the Department of Homeland Security sent undercover inspectors through several US airports to review the performance of TSA officers, the screening equipment and their procedures. Representative Mike Rogers (R) Alabama, said, "this agency that you run is broken badly".
Syria To Sign Paris Climate Pact, Leaving Only US Opposed
But he has been vague about what that means, especially since the pact gives all nations power to set their own goals. Nicaragua and Syria were the only developed nations in the world that declined to originally sign onto the agreement.
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Jane Taylor, Selinsgrove Borough, precinct 2, judge of elections, reported 135 voters as of 1:30 p.m., Snyder County Election. Instead of filling different forms and following various protocols, you can do it all with just one single application form.
The latest tests come just two years after the DHS secretly audited the agency and found that it failed 95 percent of the time. Travelers now need to take out liquids, food, and electronics larger than a cell phone from their bags before entering security scanners at many airports, all in the goal of preventing unsafe substances and weapons from entering airports and aircraft. Pekoske said the TSA itself conducted "tens of thousands" of internal tests last year and planned a similar number this year.
In a statement, the TSA said they take the findings very seriously and are implementing measures that will improve screening and effectiveness at checkpoints.
While ABC's source did not give details about the findings, they did say that at least eight recommendations had been made to the TSA to improve checkpoint security, but it's unclear where.
Committee member Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., noted that $1.28 billion, being charged to the public through surcharges, is being taken away for deficit reduction. 'We are focused on staying ahead of a dynamic threat to aviation with continued investment in the workforce, enhanced procedures and new technologies, ' he added.
Apple Could Ship an Augmented Reality Headset in 2020
The headset will be capable of running its own apps, and have access to a dedicated version of Apple's app store. This is part of a larger AR initiative which was kicked off by the development and the release of Apple's ARKit .
BMW M3 CS: Here It Is
Adding to the long list of CS BMWs , the 2018 BMW M3 CS is the first M3-sedan to get the legendary consonants tacked to its name. In fact, the M3 CS makes extensive use of CFRP for large sections of the body, including the bonnet and roof.
Uber, NASA Team Up to Make Flying Cars Reality By 2020
Uber is expected to face many challenges in developing and spreading the self-flying vehicle, including approval from the U.S. Most notably, the aircraft and the supporting infrastructure envisioned by the company does not exist yet.
Donald Trump in China for talks on North Korea and trade
China pulled out all the stops for President Donald Trump's Beijing airport arrival: honor guard, marching band, jumping children. Trump laughed at the antics of acrobats, then was serenaded by Chinese opera singers in elaborate headdresses and heavy make-up.
Sheep Can Recognize Obama's Face
Earlier studies showed that sheep can recognize their trainers' faces and the faces of other individual sheep in their herd. Researchers consider facial recognition as one of the most important human social skills.