TSA vendor accused of manipulating tests of body-imaging technology for airport scanners
Passengers wait to pass through security scanners in Fresno, California. [NOTE: ProVision is not the scanner company mentioned in the article.] David Prasad / Flickr.com
As blame is being passed around from the TSA to second- and third-party contractors for allowing the inappropriate exposure, policy officials can pause to ponder what it would be like if the entire TSA was privatized.
Excerpt from Bloomberg Businessweek
OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan unit, one of two suppliers of passenger-scanning machines in U.S. airports, may have falsified tests of software intended to stop the machines from recording graphic images of travelers, a U.S. lawmaker said.
The company “may have attempted to defraud the government by knowingly manipulating an operational test,” Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Transportation Security Subcommittee, said in a letter to Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole Nov. 13. Rogers said his committee received a tip about the faked tests.