But the pornoscanners used in airports (overseen by a House Appropriations Committee staffed by a former Rapiscan exec) today run buggy software, are run by undertrained personnel (“a lot of them that aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer” -Steve Bucci former Pentagon official), and are not well maintained. They miss over 96 percent of dangerous materials that covert TSA testers bring through them, including metallic items that would be caught by the traditional magnetic scanners they replaced.
The TSA has refused to state how much it had spent on the new machines, but it has finally admitted that the program cost $160 million, of which $120 million was spent on L-3’s machines themselves. This is on top of the hundreds of millions spent on backscatter machines and puffer machines, all since decommissioned as ineffective boondoggles.
There is a serious procurements problem at the TSA.