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Enhancing Security: Newark Liberty International Airport Implements Upgrades

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, Newark Liberty International Airport is set to undergo security upgrades, aimed at enhancing screening technology to ensure the safety and security of passengers. Spearheaded by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), these improvements reflect the agency’s commitment to safeguarding the nation’s transportation systems and facilitating seamless travel experiences.

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TSA Screeners Fail Home Land Security Check Point Test

Image: TSA security at the airport in Seattle

November 10,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, traveling , hate the lines at the TSA security check points ? ABC news is reporting that ,in recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half the time.  Sources told When ABC News the failure rate was in the 80 percent range.

In a public hearing after a private classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security, members of Congress called the failures by the Transportation Security Administration disturbing, you think ? I guess strip searching 3 year olds and 70 year old women  and taking away nail files didn’t really get the job done.

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TSA boots head of security amid furor over long lines

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John Bacon and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY8:56 a.m. EDT May 24, 2016

The Transportation Security Administration’s head of security has been ousted amid an uproar over long lines at airport security checkpoints and intense scrutiny over bonus payments.

“Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA, following our hearing on May 12 on mismanagement at TSA,” the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted on its Twitter account.

Some lawmakers blasted TSA at the hearing for giving Hoggan $90,000 in bonuses at a time when watchdog tests revealed screeners routinely failed to find weapons at checkpoints. The hearing was one in a series where whistleblowers denounced the agency for rewarding top officials with large bonuses while retaliating against workers who complained about the unfair practices.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, had slammed bonuses given to Hoggan, who was paid $181,500 per year. Chaffetz said Hoggan also received $90,000 in bonuses during a 13-month period that ended in November 2014.

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Hapless TSA Symbolizes a Can’t-Do America


By The Editors • 05/17/16 7:30pm

Last week, the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. complained to the TSA that security lines at the region’s three main airports were unacceptable—hitting 55 minutes recently—and getting worse. Between March 15 and April 15 of this year, the average wait time was 21 minutes, up from 11.5 minutes a year earlier—an 82 percent increase. During that same month-long period a year ago, travelers at Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark had to endure security-line waits of more than 20 minutes only 10 times. This year, it was a shocking 253 times.

Such delays are becoming commonplace. The Drudge Report, the country’s foremost authority on what’s angering America, has been detailing the spiraling crisis. Yesterday in Chicago, both airports began recommending that passengers arrive three hours early to allow for lengthening security lines. New York fared slightly better than Chicago, where delays exceeded two hours and thousands of people missed their flights.

In response, the TSA blamed passengers for bringing too many carry-on items. Seriously.

A day after this surreal exchange, we thought it might be prudent to actually sign up for the TSA’s PreCheck program. (We occasionally get diverted to the PreCheck line, though we’re not sure whether it is because we are already members of Global Entry—issued by the same federal agency—or because we shelled out a few bucks for more legroom and early boarding.)

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TSA Fails 95 Percent Of Airport Security Tests Conducted By Homeland Security: Report


he Huffington Post  |  By Andy Campbell

Posted: 06/01/2015 2:07 pm EDT

As thorough as the Transportation Security Administration screeners may be as they rifle through your belongings, the agency isn’t performing where it counts.

In a series of trials, the Department of Homeland Security was able to smuggle fake explosives, weapons and other contraband past airport screeners in major cities across the country, according to ABC News. Officials briefed on the Homeland Security Inspector General’s investigation told the station that the TSA failed 67 out of 70 tests conducted by the department’s Red Teams — undercover passengers tasked with identifying weaknesses in the screening process, reports.

During the tests, DHS agents each tried to bring a banned item past TSA screeners. They succeeded 95 percent of the time.

The internal investigation was designed to find the TSA’s most egregious vulnerabilities. The TSA has said Red Team agents are “super terrorists” who “push the boundaries of our people, processes, and technology,” but DHS officials told ABC the test results were frustrating at the very least.