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The TSA Spent $1.2 Billion On Bomb-Detecting Machines, But No One Can Tell If They’re Working

The TSA Spent $1.2 Billion On Bomb-Detecting Machines, But No One Can Tell If They’re Working: Photo via Flickr user Nick Richards.

Photo via Flickr user Nick Richards.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spent $1.2 billion on bomb-detecting machines, but there is no way of knowing if they are in proper working order. According to an audit by the Office of Inspector General, TSA oversight of the machines is so poor “it cannot be assured that routine preventive maintenance is performed or that equipment is repaired and ready for operational use.”

If you happen to have any friends or family members who have joined ISIS, please don’t send them this article.

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is not properly managing the maintenance of its airport screening equipment,” the audit said. “Specifically, TSA has not issued adequate policies and procedures to airports for carrying out equipment maintenance-related responsibilities.”

I hope these guys aren

I hope these guys aren’t familiar with the Office of Inspector General’s website.

“Consequently, the safety of airline passengers and aircraft could be jeopardized,” the report added.

Think about that next time a 350-pound high-school dropout is patting down your groin in search of nail clippers.

The audit went on to claim that flaws in the agency’s Field Data Reporting System (FDRS) have left TSA personnel unsure as to whether or not the machines are operational or in test mode.

“According to TSA, FDRS may not be accurately capturing the types of bags running through [Explosives Detection System] EDS machines, which help determine whether a machine was in operational mode or test mode,” the audit said. “Therefore, we could not be certain whether a specific EDS machine was operational or if it was in test mode at a specific date and time.”

The TSA makes Alex Jones

The TSA makes Alex Jones’ job way too easy.

You might think you’re one of the cool kids because you watch John Oliver and have a homemade “Elizabeth Warren 2016” bumper sticker on your car. But the truth is you can only hear so many stories like this one before you snap. There’s a reason your “crazy uncle” is burying gold coins in his backyard and listening to Alex Jones.

(Source: Washington Free Beacon)

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