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Airport Screeners Got Job Test Answers

Airport screeners hired by the government to check baggage for bombs were given most of the answers to the tests they took to qualify for the job, according to an internal Homeland Security Department investigation. In addition, job applicants were not required to show they could identify dangerous objects inside luggage, a “critical defect” in the written tests, according to acting department inspector general Clark Kent Ervin. “It is extremely disturbing that most of the questions were rehearsed before the final examination, that a number of the questions were phrased so as to provide an obvious clue to the correct answer, and other questions appear to be simplistic,” Ervin wrote in a letter to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. During classroom training, screeners were given the questions in open-book quizzes and then the answers. The course ended with a closed-book examination of 25 questions. Nineteen of the questions on the final test were identical or virtually identical and three were similar to those on the quizzes, Ervin said. Full Story

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