We've unfortunately heard a lot of news lately about the TSA's inability to detect bomb components during airport screening (unless they're tipped off first, that is). Now, the latest frightening development: the Government Accountability Office conducted covert tests at 19 airport checkpoints earlier this summer and was able to smuggle liquid explosives and detonators past security at each one. The Associated Press report details some discouraging examples, including:
- On March 23, a TSA screener would not let one investigator through a checkpoint with a small, unlabeled bottle of shampoo, even though it was a legitimate carry-on item. But the same investigator was able to bring through a liquid component of bomb that would start a fire.
- On May 8, an investigator placed coins in his pockets to ensure he would receive a secondary screening at the checkpoint. But after doing a pat-down and using an electronic hand wand, the screener was not able to catch the prohibited items the investigator brought through the checkpoint.
Doesn't exactly give you that warm holiday-travel feeling, does it?
For anyone wondering whether it would be less risky just to drive your family to your holiday destination, there is some good news. More cars made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's safest cars list than ever before. Of course, I don't think the IIHS tested the likelihood of family members strangling one another during the car trip, so you'll have factor in that part yourself when making the fly/drive comparison.