If you watch the 11:27 video above, it will show you just how silly it was that the TSA spent tens of thousands of dollars on an app.
If you’re unfamiliar with the situation, The TSA — as part of a larger deal with IBM — paid a solid $47,000 (though some estimates wrongly put the app’s cost into the millions, the TSA claims it cost it about $47,000) for an app that randomly points left or right. It’s meant to filter travelers through two lines at airport security checkpoints.
The app is also nothing more than a randomizer that goes one of two ways. That’s not hard to code. At all.
In Android Studio, YouTuber Chris Pacia quickly coded the very app the TSA spent so much money on, proving that government contracts really are the honeypot everyone dreams of.
Just think: if he were awarded the contract for that app, Pacia would have an hourly rate of about $282,000.
Again, the app was part of larger deal between the TSA and IBM, but that a terrible ROI.