House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul wants to hold a hearing to figure out how much the government spent on the dozens of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) scanners that are being removed from airports.
The TSA is getting rid of 174 Rapiscan “back-scatter” machines that create near-naked images of passengers. The agency acted after it became clear that Rapiscan can’t meet a congressional deadline to install privacy software that prevents near-naked images.
“I want to have a hearing on, how much did this mistake cost us?” the Texas Republican told Politico
. “Those machines are pretty expensive. I don’t have a figure yet.”
The TSA has committed $40 million for 250 Rapiscan machines, including $5.2 million for the privacy software, an agency spokesman told the news service.
“The government has received a return on its capital investment with Rapiscan. Over 130 million passengers have been effectively screened by Rapiscan backscatter AIT at a cost of 30 cents per passenger screened,” the spokesman said.
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