first_imgSecurity at Newark Airport has been given the thumbs-down (Image: Egan-Chin/News) Security at Newark Liberty International Airport has come under close scrutiny following the release of a report detailing serious lapses in screening procedures at the New Jersey hub. The result of an undercover operation by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the report claims screeners at the airport are properly executing standard pat-downs of passengers just 16.7 per cent of the time it is required. In only a quarter of all cases, is appropriate action taken on prohibited items, the review added.      The ‘PACE (Presence, Advisements, Communication and Execution) Airport Evaluation’, obtained by The Star Ledger, was compiled by TSA employees from other airports who were asked to observe the behaviour of staff at Newark Liberty.According to the newspaper, TSA watchdogs are startled by the poor performance of screeners, which comes a decade after the formation of the TSA following 9/11.”There’s that often-repeated phrase, ‘We’ve got to get it right all the time,’ ” Pace Law School professor and author of ‘The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism’, Thomas McDonnell said, describing the findings as unacceptable. “When it’s under 50 percent, under 20 percent, that to me is very shocking.”Also of concern to Mr McDonnell and civil rights advocates was that in absolutely no cases did screeners properly inform passengers of their right to opt out of a full-body scan in favour of a pat down. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more