It may end up being one of the most ridiculously anticipated moments in post-9/11 security policy. The airports may finally stop making passengers remove and scan their shoes when going through security.
According to Politico, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says that upgrades in technology could make shoe removal one of the first additional restrictions to be removed from boarding an airplane. Unfortunately, the ban on large containers of liquids will likely be the last to go. “In terms of what we see coming in the months and years ahead, it will probably be easier and it looks like it will be to deal with the shoe issues before we can remove the restriction on liquids.”
It’s not surprising that the liquids ban would stay on longer, and not just due to technology issues. Banning liquids no doubt has helped airport vendors throughout the country make more money as they sell drinks, cosmetics and other goods to travelers who have had their own confiscated, with their much more expensive items going for a premium once inside the security zone.
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