Though the backscatter (x-ray) scanners have never been independently tested for safety, and the TSA has started quietly replacing them with millimeter wave (MMW) scanners (which also haven’t been tested for safety), the agency has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the scanners and their installation. The “security” industry is a booming business.
So it comes as no surprise that this business continues to boom thanks to the TSA. The agency has awarded L-3 one new contract for explosives detection systems to the tune of $549.6 million, and another contract for “second-generation advanced imaging technology” to the tune of $245 million.
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