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Homeland Security meeting focuses on airport security breaches

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CHARLOTTE – The Transportation Security Administration is failing to adequately report, track and fix airport security breaches, according to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general.

Lawmakers took the TSA to task Wednesday morning at a hearing on these breaches, which include an incident at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in which a teenager was able to get through security and stow away on a Boston-bound plane.

Delvonte Tisdale died after he hid in the wheelwell of a US Airways jet from Charlotte to Boston in 2010. His body was found near Logan airport.

Citing that and other incidents, Charles K. Edwards, acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, reported the TSA is not reporting all security breaches, tracking breaches sufficiently or actually fixing the problems.

“After review of airport records identified corrective action being takes in only 53 percent of security breaches in airport files,” he said.

The TSA agreed to first define a security breach, keep better track of breaches and recommend corrective action and do a better job of controlling security badges for airport personnel.

"I'm not a fan of the TSA," said Charlotte Aviation Director Jerry Orr. He says too much money is being spent on TSA with very small results.

The Charlotte airport's seen several security breaches beyond the Tisdale incident the past couple of years.

"Security is always very difficult. We can never be 100 percent no matter how much time and money you spend on it," said Orr.

One representative in the Congressional hearing who is a former pilot said the next 9/11 is coming from the shadows of the plane, not from the cabin.

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