May 24 2009
DHS has finally announced the demise of the puffer machines--the so-called sniffers at the airport departure areas that sniffed you our for bombs and other things. They puffed air on you and then analyzed it. Unfortunately, they never discovered anything, the machines cost too much money, and DHS had stuck the airports with the bill.
I remember at Boston's Logan Airport seeing the first one--actually hearing the commotion when a college-age student went in and passed gas while enclosed inside. it created a great commotion as he exited. The contractors, as usual, made moeny, and the Government got nothing in return but a big machine that was not even as good as a Narc dog.
Good riddance. Now on to the next hair-brained scheme from the geniuses at TSA.