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Shoes In The Airport? Yes, Please!

Shoes In The Airport?  Yes, Please!


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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10:07AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

I do not mind doing what ever it takes for safety when flying, but I gotta tell you....I hate taking off my shoes and then walking in whatever disease there is on the filthy floors and taking a chance on a foot fungus!! I will be really glad if they can scan the shows while they are on my feet!!!

8:55AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

You have to remove your shoes if you want to fly.

11:10AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

security always seems to miss the big important picture

9:23AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

One of the silliest things to happen to me with the TSA was the time they took my lighter. They took my lighter but ignored the 20 or so books of matches I had in the bottom of my purse. Not only that, but there were lighters for sale on the other side of security. I thought the idea was for people not to take things like that aboard, but I guess not.

One time my daughter was given a hard time about her liquids. She had them in the right-size bottles in a 1 qt. ziploc bag, but it was in her purse. The TSA person had a real hissy about it not being in her carryon, and held her up so long she almost missed her plane. It wound up back in her purse anyway. When she got on the plane she was rummaging through her purse for something and discovered a very sharp utility knife with 20 blades. (She uses it in her business and forgot it was in her purse). The TSA character got so overwrought about her bag of liquids that he missed something that could actually be dangerous.

8:16AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Honestly, the shoe thing is dumb anyway, and has always been dumb.

We are supposedly worried about SUICIDE BOMBERS.

It doesn't take that much imagination for a suicide bomber to shove a stick of (whatever) up his/her butt with the wick sticking out, and light it mid flight in the forward bathroom closest to the cockpit.

A chunk of plastic explosive the size of a turd is more than enough to crack in half our aging unarmored falling apart on their own airplanes.

Searching people has always been stupid, because there are tons of ways people can get around it.

The scanners should have been brought in a long time ago.


An estimated 17 million people die of CVDs, particularly heart attacks and strokes, every year.

There were an estimated 7.5 million people who died from cancer in 2007.

“Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 40,000 deaths per year.

Get some perspective you ignorant sheeple.

The scanners are enough. You should not have to give up more than that for airplane bombings that don't even show up as the slightest blip on the yearly death radar.

6:54PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Whatever it takes to keep passengers safe, I'm for it. It might be inconvient for some, but that's okay with me.

3:29PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I don't mind the Xray machines that show what's in the luggage.. I don't carry anything that's dangerous, so it doesn't bother me. But forcing people to take off their shoes, to be forced to walk through an Xray machine that shows the person naked, and to throw away water bottles simply to make sure that the passengers buy their water bottles at the airport - this is godawful. I can't say I'll never fly again. That's impractical. But whenever I go anywhere I'll take Amtrak or drive a car if it's humanly possible and I have the time. Hopefully, someone will come up with a solution.

12:59PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I am glad to see the removal of shoes at the airport being reversed. Thanks for the article.

11:05AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

To Brian F., who said "The EU does not force their passengers to remove their shoes and they haven't had a plane blown up".
Yes, we haven't had a plane blown up, but we do have to remove our shoes - at least the ones where a knife can be hidden. I'm Spanish and I've just returned from a quick trip to the United Kingdom. In Barcelona's airport, I was wearing tall basketball-style sneakers, and I was very politely asked to remove and scan them. Had I possibly wanted to hide a knife inside, I would have had room enough. Upon my return from Newcastle airport I was wearing sandals so it was OK. But I wouldn't have minded to remove them if it was required, as I didn't mind back in Barcelona. It's all for my safety, and everybody's safety - yes, also for 90 years old grannies and 6 years old kids' safety.
I don't think that the guards at the airport obtain any pleasure, self- satisfaction or higher income for having the passengers remove their shoes, so if this is unconfortable for some people, think of the airport workers having to deal every day with stinky feet, bitter protests and angry looks. I am thankful for everybody's hard work at the airport for us to fly safe.

9:36AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

We need to get rid of the TSA and fire all their workers. Their arrogant rude nazi like gestapo treatment of airline passengers is the problem. The EU does not force their passengers to remove their shoes and they haven't had a plane blown up. The TSA in the US treats all it's passengers like they are criminals and justifies it with the we are just trying to be safe excuse. Sure. Searching a 90 year old women or a 6 year old boy and traumatizing him in front of his family is good for security? Fire the thug nazi arrogant authority abusing TSA and replace them with private airline security that treats passengers as human beings.

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