posted on Sep, 23 2012 @ 02:08 PM
reply to post by emberscott
The example cited above is about as far as I'll say about it. I try hard not to go into much detail about when I worked at the airport when it comes
to procedures, and equipment. Suffice it to say that it's all pretty similar to the above.
The one other example that I will cite is the L3 Examiner fiasco. Most airports used the GE Invision CTX5500 Explosive Detection System to screen
checked bags (the huge machines that were in the lobbies when you checked in). Around 2000 or so, L3 was trying to break into the market with the
Examiner EDS. When the FAA IG tested the different EDS systems (there were three at the time), the only one that was deemed acceptable and beat the
standards was the CTX, the L3 and the other system (which truly was a complete POS and had all kinds of problems every time you turned it on), were
deemed substandard, and the FAA was told not to buy them.
Well, along comes Tom Daschle. His wife (are you sitting down for this one, because I'm sure you won't see this coming), was a lobbyist for L3
Communications, and went to him about this situation. Well, surprise surprise, when the new budget was passed, the FAA was told that they would buy
the Examiner, or they would lose funding for that year. So instead of having a lot of really good CTX systems, we ended up with a bunch of systems
that even the FAA said were substandard (which is saying a lot when you're talking about that organization).