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TSA's "Random Screening"
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TSA's "Random Screening"
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Turns out that the TSA's app actually cost $47,000 to make. But here's the kicker: the contract for the app was negotiated to $1.4 million, and awarded to IBM.
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Here's the scoop: The TSA needed a way to randomly select passengers for "random screenings". The problem was, they didn't know how a TSA agent could make a random decision. So, they decided that the best solution would be to create an iPhone app which would generate a random number. Based on the number generated, the TSA agent would then select a passenger for a "random screening".

Apps like this can be made by non-techies in about 10-15 minutes using nothing more than a basic home computer and beginner-level app software.

Turns out that the TSA's app actually cost $47,000 to make. But here's the kicker: the contract for the app was negotiated to $1.4 million, and awarded to IBM.

After paying for the contract, in 2016 the TSA realized they didn't even need the app, so it's now no longer in use.