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Trade Your Travel Idea to the TSA for Cold, Hard Cash

July 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | ()

We're all guilty of complaining about the TSA's downfalls in some form or another, and now, in an opportunity that almost seems too good to be true, we all have a chance to have our voices heard.

Believe it or not, the TSA has put out a call for submissions for how to make security screening faster and more efficient. And if your plan is as good as you think it is, you'll be able to earn back some of your tax dollars, as the TSA will award one prize of at least $5,000 and several others of $2,500 for the best new ideas ($15,000 in total).

Here's a brief rundown of what the TSA is asking for:

The Challenge is to provide a simulation modeling concept that can form the basis to plan, develop requirements, and design a queue appropriately. The concept will be used to develop a model to be applied in decision analysis and to take in considerations of site specific requirements, peak and non-peak hours, flight schedules and TSA staffing schedules. Solvers are expected to provide the concept and provide evidence that it works as described in the requirements... The new queue design should include, but not be limited to the following queue lanes: TSA Precheck, Standard, Premier Passengers (1st class, business class, frequent fliers, etc.), Employee and Flight Crews, and PWD (wheelchair access).

The deadline is Aug. 15, and you can see all the details here. We're excited to see what people come up with, and how, when, and if the winning ideas get implemented.

[Photo: Business Week]

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