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TSA security flaws uncovered by Homeland Security Test

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Their job is to make sure you're safe in the air, but a new report shows numerous holes in their security system.

A recent report on tests of the Transportation Security Administration security by the Department of Homeland Security received a failing grade.

The report revealed that undercover agents were able to smuggle potential weapons and contraband through security checkpoints 95 percent of the time.

Congressman Bennie Thompson, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, was very disappointed. 

"Supposedly the layered security, when it's working is doing a good job," said Congressman Thompson. "This testing was totally unacceptable. Heads have already rolled. I'm certain others will too."

Air safety was a major concern among passengers we talked to. Their grading of TSA security measures varied.

"They check bags, they have you go through the scanner," said Sara Bowen. "I love that the metal detector, they go through a little of everything they do through your bags and I really appreciate I know it's changed a lot in the past 10 years I do I like it I feel safer flying."

Some passengers who would like more security.

"It seem like they're not checking them thoroughly," said Malik Carter. "Just these weapons getting past them, how are they getting past them, when they have a metal detector?"

The report showed that TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests. Already TSA says they've implemented new protocols to seal up security holes revealed in the report. Congressman Thompson sees major security upgrades ahead.

"The men and women who work for TSA will have to be retrained," added Congressman Thompson. "We will have to look at the equipment. In some instances it was an anomaly in the equipment that did not identify the illegal items being brought through the screening so there's a combination of things that will be looked at."

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