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The TSA Will Give You $15,000 If You Can Make the Lines Faster

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A TSA agent waits for passengers to use the TSA PreCheck lane at Miami International Airport on October 4, 2011. Joe Raedle—Getty Images

Talk about low-hanging fruit

The Transportation Security Administration has offered rewards of up to $15,000 to any inventor who can design the “next generation checkpoint queue,” which hopefully will send the current generation of lines to an early and unmarked grave.

TSA placed an open call for submission on the crowdsourcing site, Innocentive, for anyone who can “apply a scientific and simulation modeling approach to meet queue design and configuration needs of the dynamic security screening environment.” Translation: Get the lines moving.

Submissions must take into account flight schedules, peak travel hours and TSA staff schedules. Reward amounts range from $2,500 for runners-up and at least $5,000 and up to $15,000 for the best ideas — not to mention an ocean of gratitude from millions of flyers.

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