The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is compromising the safety of airline passengers and aircraft by improperly managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment, according to a government watchdog.
The administration has not issued adequate policies and procedures to airports for carrying out equipment maintenance-related responsibilities, shows a report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
As a result, TSA cannot adequately oversee the maintenance of equipment routinely used to screen passengers and their baggage as they travel to and from various airports throughout the country, the report states.
“Because TSA does not adequately oversee equipment maintenance, it cannot be assured that routine preventative maintenance is performed or that equipment is repaired and ready for operational use,” the report said. “Without diligent oversight … TSA risks shortening equipment life and incurring costs to replace equipment.”