Turns out, the machines that costed millions of dollars to set up and delay the security line at airports across the country might not actually be working.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is compromising the safety of airline passengers and aircraft by improperly managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment, according to a government watchdog.
The administration has not issued adequate policies and procedures to airports for carrying out equipment maintenance-related responsibilities, shows a report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
As a result, TSA cannot adequately oversee the maintenance of equipment routinely used to screen passengers and their baggage as they travel to and from various airports throughout the country, the report states.
In an official response, the TSA claimed the report misrepresented the gravity of the situation, though they promised to take the recommendations to heart. So that’s comforting?