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Shocking results from a national study on the TSA have passengers upset.


Undercover agents with the Department of Homeland Security posed as passengers in a series of 70 tests.


In these tests, the agents tried to get through airport security with fake contraband such as guns and explosives.


Of the 70 tests, it was found that TSA agents failed 67 of them--a 95% failure rate.


“I saw a comment on Facebook of someone saying, 'hmm if i want to smuggle contraband on the airplane, i'll just stick it in a fake grenade,'” said traveler Andy Dougan.


At the Eastern Iowa Airport, you won't see the hustle and bustle you would see at larger airports.


But the TSA signs are the same everywhere.


"It's disturbing, it's really disturbing,” said traveler Lance Stampley.


Especially for frequent fliers. 


“You know, as a business traveler, it really makes me feel unsafe that the TSA isn't capturing this stuff,” said traveler Sonji Dogan.


While many still believe flying is the safest way to travel, they don't believe it's the most convenient.


That's what makes the recent report really bite.


“It's frustrating because half the time it takes longer to get on the plane than it takes to actually take the flight,” said Stampley.


“Having to go through all the gyrations of security, taking off my shoes, taking off my jacket, jewelry, laptop, purse, it's frustrating” said Dogan.


One passenger at the airport was so sick of dealing with security, he paid an $85 fast pass to leapfrog the regular TSA lines.


But still, he's disappointed with the results.


"You'd think it would be the opposite way – instead of 95% inefficiency, it should be 95% efficiency,” said Loyd Meier.


In a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, the secretary wrote they're taking extensive measures to re-test and re-train for vulnerabilities found in the recent series of tests.


President Obama says he has nominated a replacement for the TSA department head, now the senate must confirm his replacement.

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