The Federal agency in charge of harassing and molesting US travelers has been spending a lot of our tax money on machines that do not work. RT America has the story:
The US government has tested several scanning devices meant to detect explosives and weapons in passengers’ shoes at airports. Millions of dollars later, the Transportation Security Administration has concluded the devices are ineffective.
The TSA has been testing shoe scanners made by companies in the US and abroad since 2007.
One of the four shoe scanners tested by the TSA has already been implemented in airports in 18 countries. But in tests at various airports, passengers with metal weapons and explosives in their shoes were able to get through security unnoticed after passing through the scanners, the New York Times reported.
News of the failure comes almost one year after Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, promised that air travelers would eventually be able to keep their shoes on at security checkpoints.
“But over all, the machines we tested didn’t detect all the materials we were looking for,” Lisa Farbstein, a Homeland Security spokeswoman, told the Times.
Michael Goldberg, president of an Israeli firm that created a flawed shoe-scanning device called Magshoe for the TSA, said there is currently no technology that can detect all of the chemical compounds used as explosives. While his machine detects metal, it does not pick up on plastic explosives. Current X-ray machines are also able to detect metal but cannot find explosive liquids or gels.
Notice that the company which made the flawed machines is Israeli. Did they get this lucrative contract due to pressure from the AIPAC lobby? It must be nice for these foreigners to make a fortune off of US taxpayers by building machines that do not work, huh? I wonder what sort of scheme Janet Napolitano and the TSA will come up with next to waste more of our money and further humiliate us as we travel?