GAO report on airport security
| 03.17.2006 | 07:55:12 | Views: 2909 | ID:
March 17 '06: A Government Accountability Office report released this week found several instances where dummy bomb materials made their way past airport screening personnel, ABC News reported Friday.
The GAO report was ordered by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla) because he wanted to see "how penetrable the passenger screening system is to explosive devices." However, Mica would not give specifics on the rest of the report saying that was classified information. That news comes in the same week the Labor Department announcing it was recovering $7.1 million in lost wages for airport screening personnel who were underpaid months after the 9/11 attacks, Reuters reported.More than 7,000 airport security employees working in 39 airports for Huntleigh USA Corp. in St. Louis, Missouri were found to have been given lower-than standards and benefits according to DOL laws, Reuters continued. "Huntleigh was used as a contractor to provide airport security services for nearly all of 2002 until the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, which currently handles screening at all airports using federal employees," the news service continued. The TSA released a statement concerning the GAO report saying, "While random items commonly found under a kitchen sink could conceivable be conected to an IED (improvised explosive device), there are so many things that could go wrong with this hypothetical scenario that we find it highly implausible."
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