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The Transportation Security Administration is asking for help to speed up airport security lines. The agency is holding a challenge and will give $15,000 to the best idea.

"The InnoCentive Challenge is about leveraging innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to find solutions to TSA's most challenging issues -- in our instance, for more effective and dynamic queue design," said a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

The challenge they are facing has to do with the expanding TSA pre-check, a screening program that allows low-risk travelers to have a faster and more efficient security screening. The line for the pre-check moves faster because passengers do not have to take off their shoes, jackets or belts, can have certain liquids and can keep their laptop in bag for screening.

According to the challenge request, current pre-check layouts will need to adapt to support the increasing number of people using the program and the TSA wants "the Next Generation Checkpoint Queue Design Model to apply a scientific and simulation modeling approach to meet queue design and configuration needs of the dynamic security screening environment with TSA pre-check."

The challenge would like the new line design to incorporate the variety of passengers that use the screening process including: those that use the pre-check, standard, premier passengers, employee and flight crews, and those that require wheelchair access.

At the Quad City International Airport, passengers had some ideas of their own.

"Have everyone travel nude. But you'd have to be very considerate of your co-passengers," said Ralf Schreyer, who was preparing to leave for Munich, Germany.

"Different check points. Like, at this point you take your shoes off, check your shoes, and then like later on, they check your bag," said Ryan Berger, a passenger waiting for a flight to Orlando.

The deadline to submit an idea is August 15, 2014. As of 10:50 p.m. on July 29, 2014, there were 2,226 active solvers.

To submit an idea, click here.





  • Arariel

    Here’s a nice idea: GET OUT OF OUR AIRPORTS! TSA have done no good, all they do is cause more problems and more inconvenience.

  • Canesha

    Put up warning signs to be completely be prepared before going through lines , if they are not completely prepared meaning all jewelry off, laptops out of bags , they must go to the back of the line and risk the chance of missing their flights . No one wants to miss their flight so more people will make sure they are prepared to go through properly. Less clothes like no wired bras, a tank top , shorts , yoga pants etc. mean less to search . I think there should also be a line(s) for anyone with metal plates , or metal on them that will go off with additional security on that side .

  • sdfasd

    Maybe passengers should listen to the TSO’s instructions. If they ask you to remove your laptops, toiletries, and drinks from your. bags and remove everything from your pockets and you tell them you don’t have anything , yet you have these things in your bags and in your pockets, it slows down the lines. People love to blame the TSA for slow lines, but lets be honest, maybe the passengers should take some responsibility for the slow process.

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