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So we just learned that the TSA is now decided to let us start bringing knives on airplanes.
And now we've learned one passenger got through security with a fake ball.
The passenger was actually an undercover agent conducting tests which the screeners apparently failed.
That's according to the New York Post which which this network's parent company owns.
Sources tell the paper the undercover agent got through to security screenings including one that involved -- pat down.
Trace Gallagher with the news -- force tonight Trace how this go down.
You know TSA has put a call -- -- red team -- undercover agents may pose as ticketed passengers and in this case to.
Of the four agents had improvised explosive devices one was inside a child's doll.
And there were wires sticking out so was quickly detected the other one was more of an underwear bomb that got both through the magnetometer.
As well as the -- that now we do not know what the bomb was made -- because TSA says and I'm quoting here.
Due to the security sensitive nature of the test TSA does not publicly shared details about how they are conducted.
What specifically is tested or the outcomes but a former TSA officials says this is the way agents get better listen.
That's what they're doing these these -- -- is how do we improve the screener training that our screeners go through.
Each and every year -- we continuing to raise the bar to make sure there at sort of the cutting edge of detection.
And really the only way to do that is to really do it through these red team test and have them push the envelope.
And and determine what's feasible and what's not feasible.
And by the way by allowing knives and things like golf clubs TSA says.
They are allowing the agents to look for more dangerous devices ship and the -- how often -- they fail these tests that we know.
You know there -- some years after 9/11 that a new work the red team we talked about was getting one out of four bombs through security and clearly are getting much better these days but.
They won't tell us how much better because TSA doesn't talk about these matters but last year clearly still problems 52 agents were fired because of security lapses.
And remember the Romeo case where -- -- ticketed passenger couple years ago walked right past security.
To kiss his girlfriend goodbye.
Now the reason -- gets a lot of focus is because it was a starting point for the 9/11.
Shot Trace Gallagher live tonight -- thank you.
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