Have you caught a flight recently and noticed a TSA agent standing next to an iPad that points left or right to direct passengers which security lane to go through? It’s basically a random number generator used for low-risk travelers designed so that no one can predict which passengers will get extra screening, and many in the tech industry are having a good laugh at the expense and use of the project.
According to Geek.com, these apps are one of the most simple and basic programming functions a coder learns, similar to a 100 level course for college freshman. That’s why it’s so astonishing that the TSA blew a total of $1.4 million of hard working American’s tax dollars on the project, which was $336,413.59 just on the app development alone, completed by IBM. Similar software is available for free, but could also be developed securely by many companies for a few thousand dollars according to the report.
It’s not known where the other $1 million for the program went to, but it’s likely training and possibly hardware was involved, which is still a ridiculous amount for an app that tells people to go left or right.
The information was brought to light by a Freedom of Information Act request by Kevin Burke.
Also, as described by a TSA agent in the video above, if the lines get too long, they don’t even use it.
That’s your federal government, hard at work ladies and gentlemen.