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Poll Shows 5% US Respondents 'Very Confident' in TSA Anti-Terror Work

© AP Photo / Haraz N. GhanbariThe TSA recently proposed an expansion of its fastlane-through-airport-security program, that would involve checking passengers’ “commercial data” - such as social media posts and recent purchases.
The TSA recently proposed an expansion of its fastlane-through-airport-security program, that would involve checking passengers’ “commercial data” - such as social media posts and recent purchases. - Sputnik International
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Some 5 percent of respondents are "very confident" in US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents' ability to catch a terrorist attempting to board a plane, a YouGov poll revealed Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In a survey of 1,000 US adults conducted on June 3-4, 5 percent of respondents expressed active confidence in TSA's ability to intercept a suspected terrorist, against 38 percent who were "somewhat confident." A total of 45 percent were either not very confident or not confident at all.

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2015, TSA agents work at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. - Sputnik International
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The survey came out three days after dozens of airport employees were detected to have had links to terrorist activities and a week after TSA employees failed nationwide internal security tests.

A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released Monday found 73 commercial airport employees with links to terrorist activities.

Since the program was opened to the general public more than 800,000 travellers have been enrolled and as part of the push to boost enrollment the TSA has brought the number of its enrollment centers to over 300 locations - Sputnik International
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The lapse has been explained that TSA's lack of oversight in commercial airports leaves the Agency reliant on airport operators to perform employees' criminal background checks.

The Agency has come under renewed criticism following June 1 media reports claiming TSA employees failed all but three of 70 explosives and weapons identification tests.

The TSA has a budget of more than $7.2 billion for fiscal year 2015, according to the DHS. TSA has spent $540 million for checked baggage screening equipment and $11 million for training since 2009.

The TSA was created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The purpose of the agency is to secure US air, road and rail transportation.

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