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tsa finally quits the huge boondoggledly revealing scanners

public outcry over heightened airport security checks, fueled by viral videos of small children being frisked and of a man warning a TSA agent, “don’t touch my junk,” made the all-revealing scanner and pat-down controversy fodder for late-night television comedians.

…it’s another disappointing chapter, and the taxpayers are going to take it on the chin. (it is…) estimated that when TSA training and the cost of replacement machines are factored in, the cost will run to hundreds of millions of dollars.

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