TSA ends contract with producer of body scanners

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  1. sobore
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    The machines will be replaced in airports by devices that offer more modest images

    The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove from U.S. airports its remaining body-scanning machines that privacy advocates likened to strip searches for showing almost-naked images of passengers.

    TSA will end a $5 million contract with OSI Systems Inc.'s Rapiscan unit after Administrator John Pistole concluded the company couldn't meet a congressional deadline to deliver software that would produce generic images of passengers, agency officials said in interviews.
    TSA will remove 174 Rapiscan machines from U.S. airports, with the company absorbing the cost, Karen Shelton Waters, the agency's assistant administrator for acquisitions, said. The agency will replace the Rapiscan machines with 60 units manufactured by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., the agency's other body-scanner supplier.

    "It became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline," Waters said. "As a result of that, we terminated the contract for the convenience of the government."

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    Will the 'new' machines -- be 3 times as fast -- otherwise I envision even longer lines.

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    The new machines are faster. Not sure if the gain is 3x, but perhaps with the wider roll-out of the PreCheck program, they won't need as many scanners.
     
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    "It became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline," Waters said. "As a result of that, we terminated the contract for the convenience of the government."

    I'm not buying this reasoning. With all the maintenance issues and steady stream of controversy, this feels like the TSA is doing a CYA thing here.

    I think they're just trying to soften the blow now that they fully realize they were duped when they started using this machine in the knee-jerk way that they did.
     
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    One down, now we need the other model to go!!
     
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