The government pays a stupid amount of money for a lot of things that you and I would pay little to no money for. This latest example really proves that.

If you travel and go through the TSA pre-check line, you've seen the iPad that the TSA agent holds that randomly determines which line you should go through. The agent presses the button and the app will say whether you should be in the left lane or the right. It's completely random. It's basically just a button that throws out a left or right arrow.

We're not techy, so we have no idea what goes into building apps, but people that do know about that sort of thing say that this type of apps is pretty easy to create. In fact, it's the type of app that young coders first learn how to make.

So when it seems crazy that the TSA paid $1.4 million for this app from IBM.

That figure is a little skewed, as technically they paid $336,413.59 for the app itself, but the total cost of the project came in at $1.4 million. The report from indicates that the figure may include the actual iPads as well, but still $336,413.59 for the most basic app ever is just stupid.