TSA offers cash for ideas to improve security checkpoints

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TSA offers cash for ideas to improve security checkpoints

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The TSA is taking a new approach to fixing those long lines at security checkpoints by offering cash rewards to anyone who can come up with an idea that will speed things up. The TSA is taking a new approach to fixing those long lines at security checkpoints by offering cash rewards to anyone who can come up with an idea that will speed things up.
Since September 11, 2001, taking off your shoes, packing those liquids in zip lock bags and waiting in long lines has become a way of life when flying. Since September 11, 2001, taking off your shoes, packing those liquids in zip lock bags and waiting in long lines has become a way of life when flying.
The agency plans to give cash prizes to the best ideas, one prize will be at least $5,000 with additional $2,500 prizes. The agency plans to give cash prizes to the best ideas, one prize will be at least $5,000 with additional $2,500 prizes.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

LOUISVILLE (WATE) - The TSA is taking a new approach to fixing those long lines at security checkpoints by offering cash rewards to anyone who can come up with an idea that will speed things up.

Since September 11, 2001, taking off your shoes, packing those liquids in zip lock bags and waiting in long lines has become a way of life when flying.

"You don't know what to expect when you walk up to the line," said frequent flyer, Jessica Leese. "Is this going to be easy, or is it going to be one of those hassle times?"

For people like Leese, flying with children can make that process even more difficult, so what's the solution? TSA is turning to the public now to answer that question.    

The agency plans to give cash prizes to the best ideas, one prize will be at least $5,000 with additional $2,500 prizes.

"I think that's great that they are really committed to customer service," said Leese. "I think they have probably heard the feedback from a lot of the passengers and are wanting to make that better."

They've set up a website to submit ideas for models for the next generation of security screening. Entries are expected to provide a concept and evidence of how it will work.

Leese already has her own suggestions to help those like her who may need some extra help when traveling with her kids.

"I think just having some extra hands on board," said Leese. "Passengers are willing to help, but not always the TSA agents to help. Sometimes they are great, but you never know if you are going to get someone who is a little grumpy."

Others say separating the lines by types of traveler could help some of the back-ups, especially those with possible language barriers.

"Maybe have one line for international travelers and one line for people who speak English," said airline passenger Michael Caldwell.

The TSA says they will be accepting submissions until August 15. So far almost 2,000 ideas have been submitted.

More online: Submit an idea

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