US airport security: 73 with terror ties cleared

2015-06-09 20:46
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Washington - The US agency in charge of transportation security failed to detect at least 73 people with links to terrorism who were hired by US airports, a new report made public on Tuesday has revealed.

The report by the Transportation Security Administration's inspector general said the agency relied on airports to do the background checks.

By law, the TSA "had limited oversight" over the process and thus "lacked assurance that it properly vetted all credential applicants", the report said.

As a result, the agency "did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes", it said.

John Roth, the TSA inspector general, told a congressional hearing the law needed to be changed to give the agency access to all relevant information, including FBI watch terror lists.

During the same hearing, a TSA official criticised a programme to pre-check passengers either randomly or because they have been given "known" or "trusted traveller" status.

"TSA is handing out Precheck status like Halloween candy in an effort to expedite passengers as quickly as possible," said Becky Roering, an assistant TSA security director.

More than a million people have signed up for the Precheck programme, and another seven million have been randomly chosen for expedited boarding checks.

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