Senator Calls for TSA Review Ahead of Holiday Travel Season

Man Puts Mobile Phone Into Tray For Airport Security Check
Photo by monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

As the holiday travel season approaches, Sen. Chuck Schumer has called for a review of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) procedures after a series of high-profile security lapses.

The New York Post reports that Schumer called for a “top to bottom” review Sunday, saying, “In an era of lone wolf terrorists, the continued TSA security failures at airports across the country are highly concerning and a major threat we must neutralize. In light of the recent test result reports, TSA should move immediately to address all holes, shortfalls and gaps in training procedures, technology and the entire airport security process.”

According to ABC News, last week a report surfaced showing that TSA equipment, procedures and screeners failed a series of undercover tests at multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, with one source telling ABC News the failure rate could be “in the ballpark” of 80 percent. The report, the full extent of which remains classified, included eight recommendations to improve security, although it is not clear what those recommendations are.


Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.

The additional scrutiny comes as Congress considers the TSA Modernization Act, which many travel industry groups have argued would advance the deployment of new technologies to security checkpoints. Both the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) have weighed in in support of the measure, which would also include additional tools for the TSA to expand the TSA PreCheck trusted traveler program.

Related Stories

Stats: 32% of U.S. Consumers Fear Identity Theft Within Next 5 Years

Travel Agents Talk How to Handle New Airport Security Measures

New Laptop Ban Could Target Checked Luggage

This Week in Cruise: Cruise Lines Set to Continue Cuba Cruises

Suggested Articles:

Empty nesters should take advantage of the lower cost of taking the same vacation they would usually go on with the whole family. Here are some ideas.

July 2019 was the best one-month period ever for Saint Lucia and, year-to-date, 2019 is up 7.5 percent over last year for the same period. Read more here.

The fundraising event will be attended by notable tennis players Andy Roddick, Mark Knowles, Tommy Haas and James Blake. Learn more here.