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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You 163

First time accepted submitter Rickarmstrong writes "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for private contractors to create a screening machine with 'screen and walk' capability for use at the nation's 160 international airports and thousands of federal facilities. The agency recently requested information from high-tech companies and other private firms about any new technology that can help speed up the security checkpoints managed by the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Protective Services."
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

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  • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @12:09PM (#46323833) Homepage Journal

    This is the first tech I've heard of that actually leads me to believe it might cover a real security hole. In this case, the grab a couple semi-automatics and gun down the crowds waiting to get through security hole.

  • by GigsVT ( 208848 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @12:37PM (#46324077) Journal

    Ignoring the general stupidity of many TSA practices, and that this is an artificial market created by government inefficiency, what's so fundamentally wrong with paying more to get through faster?

    If your money is worth more than your time, you'll wait, if your time is worth more than your money, you'll pay. That's a fundamental decision every time you say something like "I'll pay someone to change my oil because I don't want to spend 20 minutes and get dirty doing it myself", or "I'll eat out so I don't have to cook". Time/money/value decisions are something you make dozens of every day.

  • Re:More pork? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Monday February 24, 2014 @01:34PM (#46324659)
    I suspect they're more concerned with backlash. I mean, those long lines AREN'T filled with people who are glad TSA is doing their thing. I don't know what would make them think we've suddenly grown spines after all this time and are going to demand the TSA be abolished. We've swallowed the bullshit about it being essential for security for many times longer than I would think would be needed to make it seem like normal and acceptable to most people. But maybe TSA is privy to data on how frustrated people are by their bullshit, and is worried some congressman will start saying it needs to be cut to save on taxes. There are grumblings evidently about shrinking the military, that's something I didn't expect to hear anytime soon.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad