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TSA officers miss fake bomb

NEWARK — A New York congressman called for an ­extensive security review at Newark Liberty Airport after a newspaper reported Friday that a simulated explosive got past screeners.

Representative Peter King’s letter to Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole followed a report in the New York Post. The newspaper said an undercover TSA inspector brought a mock improvised explosive device stashed in his pants through two layers of security last month. One of the security checks that failed to catch the mock device was a pat-down.

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King, a Republican who is a former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called for a “top-to-bottom” review.

The TSA did not confirm the report but said it puts screeners through “the most difficult and isolated training scenarios to ensure officers are able to detect even the most difficult to find devices.”

Since December 2011, more than 50 airport workers have faced TSA disciplinary action at Newark .

A federal report found that the TSA took corrective action on fewer than half of reported security breaches between January 2010 and May 2011.

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