"How serious is it that undercover teams were able to smuggle bomb components, including liquid explosives, past passenger checkpoints in all 19 airports they tested this year?
So serious, in the view of investigators, that they made a video showing in slow-motion detail how they blew up several cars with bombs made from the commercially available materials, purchased for less than $150 in local stores or on the Internet.
"Our tests clearly demonstrate that a terrorist group, using publicly available information and few resources, could cause severe damage to an airplane ... by bringing prohibited improvised explosive device components through security checkpoints," said Gregory Kutz, a managing director for the Government Accountability Office.
But the nation's top transportation security official, Edward 'Kip' Hawley, downplayed the findings in a tense hearing Thursday, insisting his screeners focused 'on what might actually take down a plane, as opposed to what could do severe damage.'"
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