Aiports think TSA is incompetent, looking at alternatives
NBC NEWS — Congress said the nation's airports are still vulnerable to terror attacks, and the TSA came under particular fire with some congressmen wondering whether the agency is worth the money.
Armed with a report showing some 25,000 security breaches at the nation's airports since 9-11, a congressional committee went after the Transportation Security Administration.
Even bomb sniffing dogs were brought in to make a point that they're just as, if not more, efficient than TSA's body imaging equipment.
TSA Assistant Administrator John Sammon defended the agency, saying the number of breaches is misleading and represents only a fraction of the 5.5 billion people screened since 9-11.
Still, airport directors like Charlotte's Jerry Orr called the TSA arrogant and bureaucratic.
It was at Charlotte's airport last year that a teenager slipped through security, stowed away and died in the wheel well of a passenger jet bound for boston.
Included in the breaches cited in the report are some 6,000 travelers who made it past government screeners without proper scrutiny.