RapiScan to be Debarred and CastScope Gone in June

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, May 20, 2013.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Seems like an odd confluence of events since both are x-ray technologies.

    OSI Systems Provides Update on TSA Show Cause Letter
    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130520-706449.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    TSA Eliminates Use of the CastScope Screening for Amputees
    http://www.oandp.com/articles/NEWS_2013-05-20_02.asp
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Most like it was the high probability of lawsuits from medically unnecessary radiation administered by medically unqualified retards.
     
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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Is OSI saying they will not try to develope ATR software at all?
     
  4. That is really good to hear, I think. There was a gal with a prosthetic leg at The Other Place who had to deal with a CastScope once and her story was shocking in its ridiculousness. They took like half a dozen x-rays, she had to basically straddle the machine which was aimed right at her ovaries (which concerned her greatly), no lead vest to speak of, a flunky running the machine, and she said she was confident the flunky had no idea how to interpret an x-ray of a prosthetic, some of which do have wires and such inside of them.
     
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    As a policy, you do not want to put any machine capable of harm in the hands of the type of employees that TSA hires.

    The same consideration should apply to the physical touching of passengers. It should be rare and out in the open. Letting this echelon of society have a free shot at people's bodies is a really bad idea.
     
  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    CastScan is going away for use on amputees but what about those who have on casts and have to transit those airports that have these machines?
     
  7. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    Good point. There's nothing in the article stating that they won't continue to irradiate citizens who have had the misfortune to have broken something.
     
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm no medical expert but this sounds just down right dangerous.

     
  9. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    That was absolutely astounding. I'm thinking that some brilliant person at TSA figured it didn't matter 'cause they were allegedly taking pictures of something mechanical.
     
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Would make you think that all of the TSA types with higher education should get a refund.
     
  11. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    From the reporter:

    "According to the press release we received from the Amputee Coalition, the TSA will no longer use CastScope to screen individuals with prosthetic devices. We were not provided with any other information. Perhaps the TSA might be a source to ask about entire discontinuation."

    Think I could get a response from the TSA?
     
  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Same day that Obama tells the truth about something.
     
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  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Motley Fool: Why OSI Systems Shares Got Crushed

    What: Shares of OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS ) got crushed today, down by 17% at the low after the company provided an update on its TSA Show Cause Letter.

    So what: Reports surfaced last November that the company was manipulating test results for its Rapiscan security units, while analysts defended the company at the time. OSI Systems will begin formal proceedings that will allow the company to provide information and communicate directly with Department of Homeland Security officials.

    Now what: CEO Deepak Chopra reiterated confidence that OSI Systems will be able to clear its name as a responsible TSA vendor. OSI will now be able to prove its compliance with its obligations, but acknowledges some possible risks. There are three possible outcomes, the worst of which would be OSI Systems being debarred. The company also said there are restrictions on its ability to seek and/or accept additional government contracts.
     
  14. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Do those actually exist?
     
  15. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Yes, I am sure there are some in the TSA (Testicle Slapping Administration) that have college degrees. I am also sure that most of those degrees are issued via mail order. :p
     
  16. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Oh. I forgot about the ones who have higher degrees (like the former Federal judge now "working" as a screener) who "work" for the TSA because it affords them opportunities to do what normal people call "evil."
     
  17. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

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    Frank Original Member

  19. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    You knew these weasels would find a way to keep mainlining the taxpayers' money. Proposed subcontractor to Siemens: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/ind...-to-tsa/0d7d9df1dcdbe2f9e7b6b7bb38e18792.html
     
  20. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    WRT to OSI, I think they supply many of the checked baggage x-ray systems and some percentage of the checkpoint bag x-ray systems. Those probably need to be x-ray systems in order to work.

    I wouldn't have cared if OSI continued to bid on the baggage contracts now that their scanners are gone if they hadn't lied about the results both on the privacy software and the safety test results. The privacy invasion is one issue but a lying contractor who has two counts of attempting to defraud the taxpayer should be permanently debarred, sued and the culprits indicted.
     

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