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Erika Owen
June 02, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security has been “infiltrating” the TSA’s airport security process over the past 10 years with in-house Red Teams. The results are grim: the teams were able to smuggle banned items past agents 95 percent of the time.

A series of Red Teams posing as passengers were able to smuggle restricted items past the checkpoints in 67 out of 70 times. The items that made it passed the TSA check? Mock explosives and banned weapons. The testing teams were informed of particularly weak spots throughout the decade.

These security failures occurred in airports around the world, some of the busiest locations included. The DHS is taking proactive measures following the findings; as of Monday, the acting administrator for the TSA was reassigned. A full, formal report on the situation is due out this summer.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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