Gov’t Report: Airports Need More Help Keeping Intruders Out

Atlanta Airport

A new government report says that while intruders routinely breach the security fences protecting runways and planes at U.S. airports, the federal Transportation Security Administration is not helping airports keep up with the threat.

Congress asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate how often people get past airport perimeter security, and whether the TSA could do more to help airports anticipate and prevent incidents.

The report identified over 2,500 security incidents in each of the past three years at roughly 440 commercial airports. Those incidents included fence jumpers and workers who tried to slip through checkpoints without their security badges.

The TSA responded that it could do more, and plans to help assess both its data and vulnerabilities at specific airports.

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