This is slightly disturbing. The Transportation Security Administration, whose mission is to protect you while flying is under fire. Again. This time for failing to ID 73 airport employees with links to terrorism. This on the tail of another report that found the TSA failed to find fake bombs strapped on people going through security 95% of the damn time! I mean, what are they doing with that $7.4 billion annual budget? It’s no wonder some media outlets call them the “Three Stooges Agency.” It seems they’re embarrassingly bad at their jobs. But I'll let you be the judge.
The 73 people “linked to terrorism” worked for major airlines, or airport vendors. I can imagine one would ask, “how did these workers slip through the cracks?!” Apparently the TSA doesn’t have access to all the info it needs (such as terrorist watchlists) to make those kind of judgements.
“This occurred because TSA is not authorized under current interagency watchlisting policy to receive certain terrorism-related category codes as part of the watchlist extract they used for vetting,” the Inspector General report said.
The report went on to recommend the TSA "request additional watchlist data, require that airports improve verification of applicants' right to work, revoke credentials when the right to work expires, and improve the quality of vetting data." You can expect the TSA to start doing so. That may, at least, fix one of their problems.