By Keith Laing - 07/13/11 01:59 PM EDT
The House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security's hearing Wednesday is looking into the security of airports after a recent USA Today article showed there had been 25,000 breaches of security checkpoints since 2001.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said the situation was untenable.
"It's clear the airports are not secure," Chaffetz told the paper. "For all the money, time and persistence we have thrown at airport security, it's a real mess.
"It's absolutely stunning that the vulnerabilities are so wide," Chaffetz continued. "There's not much to suggest that airports are more secure than years ago. We've just been lucky."
Witnesses scheduled to testify Wednesday include TSA Assistant Administrator John Sammon and Government Accountability Office Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues Stephen Lord. They'll be joined by former director of security at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Rafi Ron, Charlotte Douglass International Airport Director Jerry Orr and Amtrak Police Department K-9 Unit Inspector William Parker.