Despite undergoing a pat-down search, a federal agent was able to sneak past Transportation Security Administration agents at Newark Airport last month with a simulated explosive device in his pant, an unnamed source told The New York Post.
“This episode once again demonstrates how Newark Airport is the Ground Zero of TSA failures,” the source reportedly said.
The TSA did not confirm whether the incident took place, telling the Post that it “regularly conducts covert testing” of security and does not disclose details about those operations. Newark Airport is the same place that a TSA agent in 2011 left a note for a woman who was carrying a vibrator in her luggage.
The source reportedly added that another member of the TSA’s internal security team was in fact caught by screeners with a fake bomb hidden inside a baby doll.
The agency recently announced that pocket knives and certain sporting equipment like baseball bats, banned since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are soon to be allowed again in aircraft.