It appears that the TSA is finally looking to take away one further choice for traveller – which security line to join.
How many times have you chosen the line without the family, 2 kids and a dozen bags, or the line without the backscatter machines, or just the shortest line?
Well it appears that the TSA is now looking to deny you this choice by issuing a request for proposal for randomisers – designed to instruct passengers which line to join.
The Federal Business Opportunities web site – link – has a link to the actual document.
Desciption of the System:
CTD is seeking technologies and techniques to efficiently and randomly route passengers. These Randomizers will be used at the Travel Document Checker (TDC) station, as shown in Figure 1. The Randomizers would be used to route passengers randomly to different checkpoint lines. It should be noted that the TDC is facing the passenger during this interaction, and both the TDC and the passenger need to see the result of the Randomizer. The Randomizer can be in many forms but in general, the smaller the randomizer, the better. Depending on the form factor, the element that displays the result can be placed on the TDC podium or be standalone.
There is even a nice picture of how the layout will work:
In the description there is an indication that the TSO at the Podium is required to know where the passenger has been allocated, persumably so they can correct the passenger if they choose the shortest queue.
Seems as if the TSA is planning on removing one last freedom at Security – to choose your queue!