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Former TSA screener at a major US airport is now speaking out and it is -- He says that Newark International Airport is actually doing very little.
To stop any terror threats that would be going through that airport.
Last week you may remember a federal inspector made his way through to security screenings with a fake bomb in his pants and now -- former agent says this quote.
We always said it is not a question of if terrorists get -- it's a question of one.
Our feeling is nothing's happened because they haven't wanted it to happen.
We are not is that -- TSA any big deterrent it is all for show.
That make you feel about traveling to the nation's airports -- now by Peter goals former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Peter welcome back to the program good to have you here today.
Thank you pretty disturbing stuff in the -- used in these two stories over the course of the last few days what do you think.
Well -- it has been a rough week for TSA.
You have the red team getting the bomb through.
You have whistle blower counts incompetence.
And non performance at that you've got the proposed new rule.
To allow knives back in the cockpit.
I think the administrator of TSA is gonna spend a lot of time before congress in the next three months explaining himself.
Yeah I mean he he went -- to just detail what it's like to work for the TSA in his opinion.
At Newark Airport he says you know people basically are sleeping on the job today education levels very low so he says when -- -- -- -- says -- you know we've got a great defense -- TSA she's she's kidding in his opinion.
And and it makes it look like the seven point eight billion dollars of US taxpayer money that goes into the TSA.
Is really a big waste of money are we are should we rethink the whole way that we're going about this Peter.
Well I think the the whistle -- pointing out just one aspect of TSA and it's and it really is not a surprise we've always known.
That working at these checkpoints is mind numbing chore but there's -- places where I think.
The TSA needs to do better.
They promised us years ago a checkpoint in the future the idea was we're gonna have technology.
Make she -- -- that human failings would not allow bombs and other dangerous devices to get through we don't have that yet.
I think you know we still have a layered approach to our defense on the aircraft it's not just.
The checkpoint that's one of the last lines of defense the armored door in the cockpit is the very last line.
But I do think we we could use a review of this agency.
I really look at the money seven point eight billion -- into this and that we had the story last week about.
Fifty million dollars being spent on new TSA uniforms and ask yourself you know.
Is there a better way to go about we've heard about private security operations some of the nation's airports have opted to hire private security groups and -- -- go back to that very sticky question.
Of asking people questions as they got them if they arouse suspicion for any reason pull him out of line and not doing these random checks.
That leave us with -- a little kids and people in wheelchairs he's terrific stories.
About them being checked and and then you -- Richard Reid gets on the airplane you know with no problem and it was a passenger.
Who who took him down TSA -- -- -- you what that.
You're you know you're absolutely right and I'm on two points in particular one is this touchy issue of profiling.
We cannot continue.
To pretend that we -- -- or shouldn't profile potential terrorists we need to use that in our procedures and secondly.
This is such a frustrating.
Argument that there are so many people standing around -- -- -- seven point eight billion.
Are we really getting the best security and the most efficient security remember prior to 9/11 the checkpoints world privatized.
And I don't know -- going back is the right way but certainly raising the standards that checkpoints is one thing we -- -- look at seriously.
The Yankees some focus on this issue and thanks -- -- a student that today Peter Viles good attack Tia.
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