TSA Taking Suggestions, Offering Reward To Shorten Wait Times

By: NBC News
By: NBC News

One of the worst parts about flying is undoubtedly the long, insufferable, tearing-your-hair-out experience that is the security checkpoint line. The TSA knows this and now the agency is asking you for help.

The Transportation Security Administration is offering rewards totaling up to $15,000 for the person with the best idea for speeding up security.

The TSA will award one prize of at least $5,000 and others of at least $2,500 for the top ideas. Plus, the winner gets the satisfaction of knowing they've made the airline experience for those of the masses a little less of a headache. The TSA is looking for "a scientific and simulation modeling approach to meet queue design and configuration needs of the dynamic security screening environment," but it may not be as simple as you think. Contest participants must consider a variety of factors such as peak hours, flight schedules and TSA staffing schedules.

The deadline is August 15 and submissions are being accepted online now.


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