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Outlook Bleak for Maker of TSA’s Dropped Naked Scanners

Dec 06, 2013 12:00 pm

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The TSA terminated its contract with the manufacturer after critics of invasive security photos gained countrywide support. However, one business’s failure is another fortune as the TSA begins to replace the old machines.

— Samantha Shankman

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A man is screened with a backscatter x-ray machine at a TSA security checkpoint in terminal 4 at LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, in Los Angeles May 2, 2011. Danny Moloshok / Reuters


OSI Systems Inc., one of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s primary contractors for airport security equipment, fell as much as 10.2 percent after losing a $60 million order for screening machines.

OSI, based in Hawthorne, California, had hundreds of its passenger-imaging machines — derisively called naked scanners by some privacy advocates — removed from U.S. airports earlier this year after the TSA concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to make revealing images more generic.

“The failure sounds rather pedestrian but in the context of the recent dispute with the TSA raises serious questions about the day-to-day management of OSI’s most important segment,” Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. analysts Yair Reiner and William Lee said in a research note.

The shares fell to $65.78, down 8.3 percent, at 10:10 a.m. on Nasdaq.

TSA terminated the contract, signed Sept. 26, for the latest machines with OSI subsidiary Rapiscan Systems Inc. for default, the company said in a statement. TSA will issue a revised solicitation for the systems in the future, OSI said.

Editors: Bernard Kohn and Elizabeth Wasserman.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net. To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net.

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