Who pays for the scanners not in use?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in Other Countries' started by exbayern, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    There are reports (some from me, some from others here) of MMW scanners in various airports around the world, some still wrapped in plastic, or unplugged, standing in corners gathering dust. Last week I saw two nowhere near the 'regular' security area and in fact many metres in front of the security area, unwrapped, covered in dust, electrical cords laying on the ground, with some sort of signage on them. They appeared to have been abandoned, similar to others I have seen.

    I'm curious as to whether these scanners were a gift, or if countries actually purchased them with the intent to use them, but then used their brains and stopped following the lead of the US. I believe that someone said the ones in Brasil were a gift from the US government. I've seen ones in small countries in Eastern Europe and I cannot imagine that they invested in the machines considering the cost to purchase and operate them, compared to the relatively low traffic in those airports.

    Does anyone know if there is/was a policy of 'gifting' these machines to certain countries in the past?
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I have no idea, but it wouldn't surprise me. We the People are paying for this shite, then our government gives it away, in dribs and drabs, to a few countries, hoping that those countries will then spend millions or billions as we have to enrich the manufacturers. Like a drug pusher trying to get new customers hooked.

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