This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A few years ago, it was revealed that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed to detect over 95% of potential threats, leading to the ousting of TSA Director Melvin Carraway. Well, you can rest easy now as the TSA has improved that number to… 94.4%. At least at one airport.

In a recent test of Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), the TSA reportedly failed to detect threats such as “explosive materials, fake weapons or drugs” in 17 of 18 cases. According to multiple Minneapolis-based Fox9 sources, the failure rate was so high that the TSA pulled the plug on further testing. The same airport did better in testing in April 2016, merely failing on 9 of 12 cases (75%).

We checked with the TSA to see if these reported test results were accurate. A TSA spokesperson responded: “TSA cannot confirm or deny the results of internal tests and condemns the release of any information that could compromise our nation’s security.”

Mind you, this 94% failure rate doesn’t mean that the Minneapolis TSA wouldn’t catch routine threats, such as a gun packed in a carry-on suitcase. The TSA “Red Team” who’s performing these tests are specially trained to test TSA security for flaws. The Los Angeles Times quotes a former head of the TSA calling the Red Team “super-terrorists for their ability to smuggle weapons and other prohibited items aboard planes.”

With that said, isn’t it more important for the TSA to stop “super terrorists” — rather than a person who just forgot to pull a gun out of a bag before packing it for a trip? It would seem that the former would be a lot bigger threat to aviation security than the latter. The latter may be careless, but the former has intention to harm.

Hopefully the TSA can get its act together. Although it might be forcing you to pull out your books for screening in some airports, with all of these ~95% failures on tests, it’s not really inspiring much confidence right now.

H/T: View From The Wing

Featured image courtesy of Getty Images.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
See Rates & Fees
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.