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Nagging security lapses

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Inspectors are still managing to slip guns and knives past airport screeners, despite beefed-up security, according to USA Today. The Transportation Security Administration says that in the last year its 50,000 inspectors have found more than 1,000 guns, 2 million knives, and 50,000 box cutters like the ones used by the 9/11 hijackers. But screeners repeatedly failed to spot weapons sent through on tests conducted by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, according to lawmakers who have seen classified reports. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) was asked how frequently the weapons got through, and he replied, “You wouldn’t want to know.”

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