Tampa, Florida -- Following our story about Transportation Security Administration inspectors in Tampa saying it is not safe to fly, TSA spokesperson Shari Koshetz released this additional statement saying:
"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is confident the security systems at Tampa International Airport provide safe and secure screening of all passengers and their baggage. The men and women who make up the Tampa TSA Team are proud to be providing the traveling public with world class security screening at the checkpoints and in baggage screening.
"Just as the workforce is continually training and testing on the screening equipment, Tampa's screening equipment is continually monitored for operational effectiveness, as is the equipment at all other airports around the country.
"To ensure complete confidence in the TPA baggage screening system, an additional technical and operational assessment of the baggage systems is now underway and will again re-validate that TPA screening technology systems remain strong."
In addition, Koshetz says, "Transportation Security Officers are one of the most tested workforces in the nation. They are tested every day, on every shift, at every checkpoint, in every lane at more than 450 U.S. airports. By constantly challenging our workforce to the extreme, we create an ever strengthening layer of security at the checkpoint. TSA works with the intelligence communities around the world to identify threats, uncover vulnerabilities and develop solutions system wide."
Mike Deeson, 10 Connects