The TSA Says That Hundreds of People Have Breached Security Since March 2023

by Anthony Losanno
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says that hundreds of people have slipped through security since March 2023. This is a huge increase from 2022 and something that the agency is actively working to address.

Thankfully, The Washington Post reports that most incidents simply involved people reentering through exits and were not tied to anything more nefarious. The TSA admits that over 300 people were able to breach security checkpoints and get into the secure gate area without screening. While the numbers have been growing with 29 incidents in 2019 and 72 in 2022, last year’s total marked a significant uptick.

TSA wants to crack down on and believes the “vast majority” of breaches “do not seem to have evil intent.” Of the 300 over the past 12 months, 200 were related to people reentering one-way exits and 80 evaded travel document checkers (these instances still had passengers going through metal detectors or body scanners.

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Business Insider recently shared that that the TSA screens 850 million passengers each year and just one in every 11 million passengers gets past security. The agency is testing new ways to stop security breaches including installing solid plastic or glass barriers in place of the nylon belts currently used, as well as one-way gates that will close behind travelers when they pass through the exit.

Anthony’s Take: Luckily, most of these incidents seem more like passengers being oblivious than any insidious attempts to skirt security. But, this is a troubling number that the TSA needs to get under control.

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