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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 significantly 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.