TSA’s security travel system is an over-reliance on technology, and has created a dangerous situation for the nation’s passengers, according to a study released today by the Government Accountability Office.
The GAO examined security travel systems in all 50 states, and found that the system relies on a system of automated scanning and security checks to determine who and where passengers can and can’t board planes.
While these automated systems are good at detecting threats, the GAO found that they fail to identify potential terrorist threats.
For example, the system failed to identify the man who had allegedly attacked an airline employee in January, and it missed an incident in June in which a passenger refused to comply with a security check.
A second GAO report, which looked at travel security in eight countries, found that while some security systems are “secure,” others are inadequate and are likely to fail at any given time.
The TSA uses these automated scanners, called X-ray systems, to screen passengers, but the system can be easily overwhelmed by technology and overwhelmed by the need to scan hundreds of thousands of people at a time.
While the TSA has improved its security procedures, there are still vulnerabilities in its system.
TSA has identified five major problems: The TSA cannot anticipate and respond to threats on a case-by-case basis.