UPDATED 1:46 PM PT – Monday, August 16, 2021
Federal Aviation Administration officials have warned it would only be a matter of time before a September 11 type of attack would occur again. According to a recent report, undercover Transportation Security Administration agents successfully smuggled explosives and weapons through Minneapolis Airport checkpoints in 17 out of 18 attempts.
In addition, TSA screeners failed 95 percent of tests to find weapons of undercover Department of Homeland Security agents at dozens of airports in the U.S. Former FAA Special Agent Brian Sullivan argued the TSA hasn’t learned from what occurred in 2001.
Sullivan went on to add they have been making the same mistakes.
“You say what’s changed? The players have changed. The façade of security still exits. We have to be aware of that,” he stated. “The vulnerability remains, the threat remains, even to a 9/11 style attack.”
The warnings come after DHS issued a heightened terrorism alert last week, which suggested the 20 year mark since September 11 attacks could provoke extremists.
DHS @SecMayorkas issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the heightened threat environment across the United States.
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) August 13, 2021