Why Are Airport Screeners So Slow?


    So what’s really behind those long lines at airport security for screening? A new study explains the method behind the searches.

    FOX News Radio’s Bill Vitka reports:

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    The reason it takes so long to move through airport security is because the screeners are trained to do it that way. A study by Duke University found TSA screeners to be slower than amateurs in performing a visual search, but they’re more accurate. The study concludes they’re slower because they’re more systematic about the search for weapons and bombs. But how good is ┬áTSA at finding weapons? The TSA won’t divulge error rates, but in a 2007 report, screeners at LAX missed 75% of fake bombs.

    Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio.

    Editor’s Note: TSA officials said they continue to improve the training of its officers.