TSA Texas Warehouse holds $155,000,000 worth of unused equipment

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    They've only spent $40M on backscatter machines, so do some math: $155M - $40M = $115M

    What did they waste this other $115M on? Puffers, perhaps? & what else?

    USA Today: TSA puts controversial scanners in storage

    For now, the 91 machines are in a Texas warehouse, which now holds a total of $155 million in unused equipment awaiting either disposal or redeployment, according to Sanders.​

    Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., who led the hearing, called it an "extremely disturbing situation" and says he is "really aggravated about it."​

    The TSA has spent $140 million on full-body scanners, according to Sanders. This includes $40 million for backscatter machines and $100 million for millimeter-wave machines that already produce stick-figure images.​
     
  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    FYI Peter King will be out as chair of the House Homeland Security committee come January. Rogers is a possible successor. (King asked to remain as chair but was denied.) At least Rogers doesn't blindly support the TSA as does King.
     
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  3. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Which is why he got the boot.
     
  4. I imagine in that warehouse a veritable wunderkammer of useless but flashy beta models of Rube Goldberg-like and Star Trekkish devices. Spinning conveyor belts that go nowhere but cause cute little balls to race along a funny roller coaster and ding a series of delightful bells as they go. Mammoth motherboards crammed with colorful flashing lights to rival scenes from Dr. No in their garish wonder. And probably a few machines that would be very useful and minimally offensive in the screening of airport passengers, but whose manufacturers failed to line the right crony pockets in their quests for the almighty contracts.
     
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Somewhere in that warehouse is a row of shelves with jars containing the hearts and souls of any TSA employees who still had them at the time they became "employed" by the TSA.

    Unless, of course, they simply toss them into an incinerator at hiring.

    There's just no way the TSA could have collected that many heartless, soulless, unethical and honorless bastards without surgery.
     
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  6. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Like 759,000 Hand Held Metal Detectors?
     
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  7. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Maggie B. was wanded in Birmingham (as well as given the multiple-hands vaginal exam).
    TSA is bracing for Opt-Out and Thanksgiving travel weeks, completely draping some of the BKSX. So maybe the wands are making room for the 91 machines going to storage that didn't fit in the smaller airports.

    More likely the high cost of mothballed equipment includes useless software.
     
  8. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Need a lot more pictures of machines being draped to publically humiliate TSA. Im in the Dallas Area and willing to go scope out DAL and DFW, but if other TUGers around the country could do the same would make a lot of evidence to throw in pissys face.
     
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  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I'll see about getting to ALB on Tuesday evening.
     
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  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Tuscon Sentinel: TSA X-ray body scanners sit idle in warehouse

    Last month, the Transportation Security Administration said it was moving nearly half its X-ray body scanners from some of the nation's biggest airports to smaller ones. But it turns out that more than 90 of the controversial machines will sit in a Texas warehouse indefinitely, agency officials said Thursday. The agency says it hopes to someday deploy the warehoused machines, but even that prospect was thrown into doubt by allegations that the manufacturer, Rapiscan Systems, may have falsified tests of its experimental privacy software designed to eliminate explicit images of passengers' bodies. The machines in the warehouse cost about $14 million total, or roughly $150,000 each.

    But they're catching on to the math:

    In addition, if a passenger either triggered the machine or opted out of the scanner for health or privacy concerns, a TSA officer would have to conduct a pat-down, which takes an average of 80 seconds. Screening with the millimeter-wave machine takes an average of 12 seconds.

    What they need to catch on to now is the high rate of false positives associated with the MMW machines & ATR (55% in the Hamburg evaluation).
     

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