TSA Has No Idea If Airporting Screening Equipment Works
A government watchdog reports that the administration does not have a maintenance policy for the Transportation Security Agency’s baggage screening equipment, compromising the safety of airline passengers. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s report says the lack of equipment maintenance could lead to longer wait times for airline passengers and a compromised ability for authorities to detect dangerous content in airline baggage.
“Because TSA does not adequately oversee equipment maintenance, it cannot be assured that routine preventative maintenance is performed or that equipment is repaired and ready for operational use,” the report said. “Without diligent oversight … TSA risks shortening equipment life and incurring costs to replace equipment.”
“Consequently the safety of airline passengers and aircraft could be jeopardized,” the report said.
The IG recommends the government determine a maintenance schedule and ensure contractors are properly servicing the equipment.
TSA officials say that they agree with the recommendations made by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General John Roth. Their only bone of contention is with the title of the report, which is an inaccurate characterization of the report’s conditions and findings, according to a TSA response letter to Mr. Roth. More