An undercover inspector carrying a fake bomb was cleared to board a commercial flight at Newark Liberty International Airport even though he passed through two screenings and a pat-down by Transportation Security Administration personnel, The New York Post reported Friday.
The inspector was part of a TSA’s special operation that sent a four-person “Red Team” through the airport's terminal B on Feb. 25 posing as ticketed passengers. Terminal B handles American Airlines, JetBlue, and Delta flights.
According to the Post, the undercover inspector was carrying a fake improvised explosive device (IED) in his pants and managed to get through a magnetometer and physical screening without it being discovered.
The mock IED’s makeup wasn’t reported, but the Post noted that it was small enough to be stashed away in pants and, if real, powerful enough to blow a hole in a jet's fuselage.
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