Today’s Fail is brought to you by the letters T.S.A.

It’s been a while since I’ve rummaged in the giant sack o’ fail. Here’s one (via the Government Accountability Office):

TSA has designed and implemented risk-based national and local covert testing programs to achieve its goals of identifying vulnerabilities in and measuring the performance the aviation security system, and has begun to determine the extent to which covert testing will be used in non-aviation modes of transportation.

This tells us two things:

1. Reporters got tired of demonstrating how easy it is to smuggle a Howitzer onto a plane so the TSA had to pick up the slack.

2. Soon you might not need to go to an airport to get pissed off when you need to get somewhere.

What else?

TSA’s Office of Inspection (OI) used information on terrorist threats to design and implement its national covert tests and determine at which airports to conduct tests based on the likelihood of a terrorist attack. However, OI did not systematically record the causes of test failures or practices that resulted in higher pass rates for tests.

Do what?

Without systematically recording reasons for test failures, such as failures caused by screening equipment not working properly, as well as reasons for test passes, TSA is limited in its ability to mitigate identified vulnerabilities.

Well, you know that. And I know that. I bet I could make one of the brighter cats understand the concept. But apparently the people who are supposed to protect us ZOMG FROM THE BIGGEST THREAT EVAR WE’RE ALL DOOOMED!! don’t get that when you find a hole, you fill the hole. You do not, for example, put a check mark next to the hole to indicate you have seen the hole and then proceed to the next hole.

OI officials stated that identifying a single cause for a test failure is difficult since failures can be caused by multiple factors.

Once more, with feeling!

OI officials stated that identifying a single cause for a test failure is difficult since failures can be caused by multiple factors.

I rarely fly because I’m not a sadist and it is boring. I also may have mentiond that strange and inappropriate shit makes me laugh. So if forgive me when I say this made me laugh very hard.

Your tax dollars at work being funneled into the pockets of the FoCs, folks!

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