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".
DOJ Demands CNN Sale to Approve AT&T-Time Warner Deal
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized CNN as fake news on his social media Twitter account in the past year. During the presidential campaign past year , he vowed to block it, saying it would create too large an organisation.
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.
Syrian troops break into last IS-held town
The commander said hundreds of members of the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia Hezbollah militia had taken part in the fighting. Baghdadi took control of what was then known as the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010 after the death of its former leader.
Voters poured in to cast their last minute vote
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.
Rahul unable to see the reality, says Rajnath
Speaking on Congress party's stance on demonetisation, Singh observed that the party and their leadership, is upset. The Congress has become "incorrect news Congress" and the "biggest source of false news", the BJP chief said.