The first thing they are "beta testing" is a self-selecting category check-in. There are three "lanes" for you to choose from. There's the black-diamond "Expert" traveler line (yes, like the expert slopes in skiing), there's the green "Family" traveler line, and then there's the red "Casual Traveler" line. The expert traveler knows all the rules - 3-1-1 for liquids, take off your shoes, take out your computer, etc. The family traveler has things to check like strollers and milk bottles. The casual traveler isn't sure what the heck is going on.
I'm all for this, and can't wait for it to roll out everywhere (it's only in select cities right now.) Generally, in podunk Richmond, we don't have much of a security wait at the airport. But in bigger connecting cities -- especially international connecting cities that make you re-check your bag when you come back into the country -- this would be a BIG help to me. If you can't remember to get the change out of your pocket, please get out of my way. :)
The TSA is also testing out a "Serenity Now" theory of check-in. Mellow lighting, mellow tunes and happy, quiet security people (is that an oxymoron?) make for less chaos -- which is actually a help for national security. "Chaos gives camoflauge" for terrorists.
As long as it's not Celene Dion music, I think I could deal.
It also includes a radio scan of passengers' bodies that wouldn't make a stink about artificial hips or nipple rings (did you guys hear about that poor woman? With security guys sniggering while she had to rip out a nipple ring with pliers? Dude, a lawsuit is forthcoming. I would've been on the phone with Gloria Alred immediately.) Meanwhile, it WOULD detect bombs and firearms.
What would you like to see in the security line? I'd like to see:
1. A way that they could scan liquids for explosives, so I don't have to worry about whether my mascara is a liquid.
2. I'd also like to be able to keep my shoes on, becuase YUK! is what I think of the airport floors. My socks get dirty or my bare feet cringe.
3. I'd like to be able to roll my carry-on bag onto the screening table, instead of lifting it, because I pack everything I can in that thing, and it gets heavy.
Photo from TSA Website