Covert Testing of the Transportation Security Administration's Passenger Screening Technologies and Processes at Airport Security Checkpoints   [open pdf - 176KB]

From the Unclassified Summary: "As threats to transportation security evolved, TSA needed a screening technology to detect nonmetallic threats. TSA developed Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) to screen passengers for both metallic and nonmetallic threats concealed under clothing-- without physical contact. In 2013, TSA equipped all AIT with Automated Target Recognition software, which displays a box around anomalies on a generic outline of a body. Our objective was to determine the effectiveness of TSA's AIT, Automated Target Recognition software, and checkpoint screener performance in identifying and resolving anomalies and potential security threats at airport checkpoints. The compilation of a number of tests conducted, names of the test airports, and quantitative and qualitative results of our testing is classified or designated as Sensitive Security Information. We have shared the information with the Department [of Homeland Security], TSA, and appropriate Congressional committees. We made one recommendation that when implemented should strengthen the effectiveness of identifying and resolving security threats at airport checkpoints."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-15-150
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Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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