If you're planning on taking a summer vacation this year, you might want to consider driving to your destination after reading this. Most folks probably assume that airport security looks pretty tight. Tall fences surround the facilities while layers of armed TSA agents and X-ray screening equipment separate you from your plane.
But all those efforts might be a lot less secure than they appear at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. Undercover tests by the Department of Homeland Security exposed some glaring holes in airport security that potentially put planes and passengers at risk.
Here's how the tests worked. Secret "Red Teams" disguised as ordinary passengers tried to smuggle weapons and fake explosives past TSA agents and checkpoints. The results of the review are terrifying as the teams were were successful in a staggering number of attempts. How staggering? The fake weapons were slipped through during 95% of the 70 tests.
In addition, the review determined that despite spending $540 million for checked baggage screening equipment and another $11 million for training since a previous review in 2009, the TSA failed to make any noticeable improvements in that time.