Just two weeks ago, ISIS was able to destroy a Russian passenger plane, killing more than 220 people with the help of a sympathizer working at the Egyptian airport and now this revelation about our own airport security.
A review of screening and security procedures inside the TSA has revealed that 73 workers approved for access to secure areas are actually on the terrorism watch list.
The report (PDF) summary says:
Despite these layered controls, our testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes. According to TSA data, these individuals were employed by major airlines, airport vendors, and other employers. TSA did not identify these individuals through its vetting operation because it is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watchlisting policy.
Following a redacted portion of text, the report continues:
TSA acknowledged that these individuals were cleared for access to secure airport areas despite representing a potential transportation security threat.
The report also indicates that these “thousands of records” contain “partially incomplete or inaccurate data, such as an initial for a first name and missing social security numbers”.
Neither TSA or the Department of Homeland Security has commented on what has or will happen to either those 73 workers or those running the failed screening program.