There have been more than 25,000 security breaches at U.S. airports since 2001, according to new government documents released on Wednesday.
More than half of those breaches were people entering "limited-access" areas without permission or unauthorized people going from airport buildings to planes, reported USA Today which received an advance copy of the Department of Homeland Security report.
Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nicholas Kimball told the newspaper that "the breaches represent a tiny fraction of 1% of the air travelers who used U.S. airports in the past decade. The term 'breach' is broadly defined and can mean accidental violations that pose no real danger to the public, he said."
The documents have been presented at a House subcommittee meeting Wednesday morning and also detail:
-6,000 security breaches where Transportation Security Administration screeners did not properly screen passenger carry-on items.
-2,616 security breaches involving an individual accessing "sterile areas" at screening checkpoints without being properly screened.
-1,318 incidents where an individual gained unauthorized access to aircraft operations.