June 2, 2015 / 5:35 PM / in 4 years

Obama still has confidence in TSA following poor report

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows (YSEALI) at the White House in Washington June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama still has confidence in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration after a scathing report that faulted the agency for not detecting obvious threats to airline security.

The acting administrator of the TSA, which is responsible for screening airline passengers in the United States, was reassigned on Monday after media cited a government report that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests carried out by undercover agents.

Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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