If you've ever been standing in airport security and thought, "I could streamline this whole clusterf&*k in about two minutes if I was in charge", well, guess what -- TSA may be ready to put you in charge. Or at least pay $15,000 for your ingenious ideas.
No joke. If you have a groundbreaking solution to make security lines speedier/more efficient -- one that doesn't involve banning kids, seniors, or dudes wearing Ed Hardy from flying -- you should enter the TSA's "Next Generation Queue Design" contest.
The goal is simple: design an improved queue system that caters to the growing volume of TSA Pre✓™ travelers, while also providing lanes for other types of travelers, such as cabin crew, First Class fliers, and disabled passengers. Or, in really technical terms that will probably make you not want to enter at all, "provide a simulation modeling concept that can form the basis to plan, develop requirements, and design a queue appropriately".
Best part is, while the agency is guaranteeing a total of $15,000 in prize money, there can be more than one winner. In fact, there can be up to five, with the top prize taking home no less that $5,000.
Proposals must include examples of how each layout works, and can be submitted here before August 15th. Please, go forth and make all of our future travels better.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.