TSA Offers $15,000 for Ideas to Improve Airport Security Checkpoints
Think you know what it takes to make airport security checkpoints less hellish? The Transportation Security Administration has put a call out for ideas on Innocentive, asking for ways to create a more efficient screening process that accommodates all levels of travelers—standard, premier, and TSA Pre✓™—employees, flight crews, and passengers in wheelchairs.
The impetus for the contest, which runs through August 15, is the ever-growing number of TSA Pre✓™ passengers, who are quickly overwhelming the current queue layouts. The challenge is to “provide a simulation modeling concept that can form the basis to plan, develop requirements, and design a queue appropriately.”
A few things to keep in mind before submitting an idea: it should address peak and non-peak hours, schedules (for both flights and TSA staff), and site-specific requirements. And make sure to provide evidence that your concept works.
The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500. So far, 3,158 ideas have been submitted.
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.