TSA Looks to Spend $3M on Apple Products

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  1. Jimgotkp
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    cont. on
    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...end_3m_on_macs_idevices_in_pilot_program.html
     
  2. RestlessLocationSyndrome
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    Wow, this might actually give hackers a reason to really want to hack some Apple products. When the government starts to buy your products, your cool factor has definitely jumped the shark.
     
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    Why are they buying them? Travelers leave thousands of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and other iGadgets at checkpoints every year; TSA can get them for free.
     
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    Or the DFW office can just steal them.
     
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  5. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I can sort of understand the mobile device aspect... But Macs? Why? (and to clarify, I have two and love them... But I don't see what the TSA would be able to do with Macs that they can't do with cheaper hardware).
     
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    They can use Siri to ask if someone is a terrorist and also how to make gazpacho :)
     
  7. Pizzaman
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    Obvious answer. They finally figured out it's better to have a computer that doesn't crash when randomly pissing off people in line.
     
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    "Latest Security Checkpoint Wait Times" = 8 days ago.
    Q: What is the average delay in EWR?

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  9. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    My two Macs crash about as often as my Win7 machine.
     
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    Security theater...there's an app for that.
     
  11. Gargoyle
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    They are considering Macs because they know the training limitations of their employees. PC's require a higher skill set. Heck, even Cholula can operate a Mac. :p

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    Honestly, I'm not even sure most TSA employees are smart enough to know what to do with an iPad or other Apple products.
    I fully expect a scandal to break in the future about large quantities of missing/'lost' TSA equipment that miraculously ends up on ebay :rolleyes:
     
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    Oh good, I can buy the new Iphone 5, mac airbook and Ipad 3 at half price. :D
     
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    At first, I thought this was just another blind attempt to bash the TSA. But then, I ran across this:
    Source
     
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    Really? I'm a bit biased, but we have about 25 macs running in our business. Some are 6 or 7 years old and still plugging away. We put in significantly less effort to keep them running than 7 Windows machines I can't get rid of.
     

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