Put me down as a fan of this idea: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has got two “experiments” going to try and ease long security lines.
And cut down on air travel frustration.
The TSA is trying something akin to the way ski trails are marked (makes sense: the experiments are being conducted in Salt Lake and Denver).
It’s a simple idea: 3-different security lanes, for 3-different kinds of travelers.
Keep reading, I think you’ll like this.
The 3-lanes (and their designations) are:
- Green Circle: Families (and those new to flying, or needing special assistance)
- Blue Square: Frequent Travelers (seasoned leisure fliers)
- Black Diamond: Expert Travelers (business travelers and others)
The way it works is, self-selection: you determine what line is best for you.
According to a Denver Post article, people seem to like this: business travelers can fly through their line, and families bogged down with kids and strollers seem especially appreciative of “a line of their own” (according to a TSA official, “The last thing they want to do is hold up others.”)
But, as always, there are the cynics among us; one comment left on the Denver Post site suggests the “experiment” doesn’t go far enough:
“Put the screening area about 5 miles from the gates, place a bar code on every one’s forehead and send them down the Denver baggage system chutes…”
Now, now. I for one think this is worth trying.