TSA Will Give You $15,000 if You Can Fix Airport Security

If you’d like to earn some money – up to $15,000 – here’s your chance. All you have to do is fix airport security. And by “fix” we mean make it faster.

7 ways to get through security faster.

Challenge: Faster Security Lines

Yes, the TSA PreCheck program is supposed to make lines move more quickly and based on anecdotal evidence, the keep-your-shoes-on process is faster. But officials seem concerned that its popularity could doom it as more and more sign-up for PreCheck and lines get longer and longer. So the TSA is asking for “Next Generation Queue” designs and models and you can learn more about this here.

The Specifics

In a nutshell, the TSA seeks faster methods to get through all security lines. Here’s how they worded it:

“TSA is looking for the Next Generation Checkpoint Queue Design Model to apply a scientific and simulation modeling approach to meet the dynamic security screening environment.  The new queue design should include, but not limited to the following queue lanes.”

  • TSA PreCheck
  • Standard
  • Premier Passengers (1st class, business class, frequent fliers, etc.)
  • Employee and Flight Crews
  • PWD (wheelchair access)

From the TSA’s Innocentive Challenge

Some Interesting Ideas

The NextGov.com article on this TSA challenge attracted a number of comments. Take a look at the following real suggestions.

  • The Naked Approach: “Eliminate carry-on bags. Strip naked. Cursory cavity checks, issue hospital gown. Happy Flying!! Now, where’s my money?”
  • The Grocery Checkout Approach: “Install do-it-yourself security scans just like at the grocery stores. Frequent flyers and other personnel who possess clearance IDs can just scan their cards (verify with retina scans), by pass the body and carryon scanners and move on through.”
  • The Outsider Approach: “PROFILE people like the rest of the world does.”

Can you do better? After you send your ideas to the TSA, feel free to share them on Facebook or in the comments below.


Published: July 22, 2014