Transport Airports

What will the TSA do with the $40 million in x-ray scanners it has sitting around?

Excerpt from The Atlantic

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The safety and privacy concerns that pushed the scanners out of airports won’t likely be an issue wherever they end up next, which will give operators time to focus on the real concern: What’s the radiation really like?

— Samantha Shankman

Last month, the Transportation Security Administration ended its contract with the airport scanner maker Rapiscan, pledging to remove the company’s controversial backscatter x-ray machines from the country’s airports.

This may have been good news for plane passengers…It was┬ásignificantly less good news, however, for the TSA, which now finds itself in the awkward position of having hundreds of machines, but no airport to put them in.

Those machines, as you might suspect, aren’t cheap. Each one is worth about $160,000, meaning that the displaced devices have come at a total price of $40 million.

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