SFO security foils undercover agents

Federal undercover agents tried to smuggle fake bombs past screeners at three major U.S. airports — San Franciso International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago O'Hare — andfound SFO's security the toughest to fool, according to a classified report obtained by USA Today. 

Transportation Security Administration agents succeeded in smuggling 75 percent of their fake bombs past screeners in Los Angeles and 60 percent past screeners in Chicago, the report revealed, but only 20 percent got past screeners in San Francisco.

The TSA runs security operations for many American airports, but at SFO security duties are performed by a private security firm hired through the TSA.

The TSA was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.

dsmith@examiner.com

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