Every time the TSA does a sting operation on its own agents at airports to make sure they’re doing their job correctly, it further solidifies the fact that the TSA is there purely for theater and show. They don’t actually do anything to stop terrorists. They’re a complete waste of money.
A recent sting operation at Newark Airport showed that if a terrorist wanted to bring explosives on a plane, he could. The operation was performed by TSA “Red Team,” a 4-person unit of agents posing as passengers. The New York Post reported on one of the agents who got through “security” with an improvised explosive device (IED):
“With the inert ‘bomb’ stashed somewhere in his pants, he got through the magnetometer undetected at around 11 a.m. He was then pulled aside for a physical screening, and a TSA agent failed to discover the IED and allowed the ‘bomber’ to go to his gate.”
Last year, a blogger showed how anyone could get a metal object past the body scanners. He explained that since the person’s image that comes up on the scanner is white, and since any metal objects come up as black, they’re easy to see, but only if they’re in front of your body or in the back. Since the background of the image is also black, all you’d have to do is place the metal object on your side, and the scanner won’t be able to differentiate between the metal object and the black background.
He even tested it with an empty metal case. He filmed himself going through security at the airport, and since he placed the metal case in a side pocket, the scanner didn’t pick up on it. He pointed out that the case could easily have contained razor blades or even explosives, and the TSA technology, in all its glory and expense, would not have been able to pick up on it.
And this TSA sting operation showed that even when pat down, the screening agents still didn’t notice the explosive device (albeit a fake one) on the undercover agent.
This isn’t the first time the TSA have conducted a sting operation on their own agents. They’ve done this many, many times, and every time, the agents are able to get through drugs, large amounts of cash, explosives, guns. Many times, the screeners are bribed to allow such things through.
TSA proponents love to point out how the U.S. hasn’t had to endure even one terrorist attack since 9/11, and they attribute this largely to TSA security. I would argue that we haven’t had one since 9/11 in spite of TSA theatrics.