TSA botches background checks

by Lisa Simeone on March 5, 2013

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Last May, TSA News writer Bill Fisher reported on the TSA’s backlog of background checks at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

The post was titled “TSA incompetence at nation’s busiest airport.”

Well, now comes word that lots of people are floating around behind the scenes, in the so-called sterile areas of airports, without background checks.

So again, as we keep pointing out, while the TSA is busy sticking its hands down your pants, terrorizing children in wheelchairs, and robbing you blind, it’s letting all kinds of people, including those with criminal records, roam around freely.

From Homeland Security Today:

“As a result, airports nationwide experienced difficulties causing a backlog of background checks. To address the backlog, TSA temporarily allowed airports to issue badges without the required background checks,” the report stated. “Consequently, according to records available for our review, at least five airports granted badges to individuals with criminal records, giving them access to secured airport areas. TSA did not track which airports temporarily issued badges to individuals without the required background checks.

“Therefore, some individuals with criminal records may still have access to secured areas in our nation’s airports,” the report warned.

Sheesh. How can $8 billion a year possibly be enough? You just can’t please some people.

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