TSA head reassigned after poor report on security
WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country.
The TSA's acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different job in the Department of Homeland Security. Acting Deputy Director Mark Hatfield will lead the agency until a new administrator is appointed.
The directives come after the agency's inspector general briefed Johnson on a report analyzing vulnerabilities in airport security - specifically, the ability to bring prohibited items through TSA checkpoints.
Johnson would not describe the results of the classified report, but said he takes the findings "very seriously."
ABC News first reported Monday that undercover agents were able to smuggle prohibited items, such as mock explosives or weapons, through TSA checkpoints in 67 out of 70 attempts. ABC cited anonymous officials who had been briefed on the inspector general's report.