NEWARK (PIX11) — A bomb could have made it on board of a flight at Newark Liberty International. This according to a report that states a team of four undercover TSA agents tried sneaking in fake bombs past screeners last month.
The New York Post reported that one of the agents made it through the Terminal B security check point with an improvised device stuffed inside of his pants.
Long Island Representative Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee, reacted immediately to the incident by calling on TSA Administrator John Pistole to conduct a top-to-bottom review of TSA operations at Newark.
Gary Weksler has a different opinion. Not only is he a 20-year vet of the NYPD, who worked on the bombing of the World Trade Center 20 years ago, he is also the owner of Elite Investigations. The firm is one of the premiere security houses in the nation. They have done hundreds of pat-downs and checkpoints for celebs and politicians at major events on both coasts.
Weksler says that while most see red flags over this incident, he sees the TSA is fighting terrorism and the incident “clearly shows that TSA and our Federal government are being aggressive at doing these types of checks.”
It was only last October that 25 TSA workers were fired and another 19 suspended for improper screenings. PIX 11 News did contact the American Federation of Government Employees, the union that oversees the screeners to get a response to this latest incident, but they declined to comment.
Passengers who were traveling today did, however.
“Something definitely needs to be done.” said Tyler Williams as he spoke in the midst of boarding a midtown bus to catch his flight out of Newark, “I think that it is a huge concern. Especially going home to see family and stuff, that stuff is not supposed to happen. Especially after what happened not too long ago,” said Williams.
PIX 11 News did contact the TSA in search of a comment, but the calls went unanswered.