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Shoes-Off Screening at the Airport to Be Stopped

Shoes-Off Screening to Be Phased Out at Airports

It's such a chore walking through the airport screening these days. Your shoes, outerwear, and jewelry come off, and your electronics and liquids have to be taken out of your bags and dumped into a tray.

There's good news and bad news for passengers sick of these screening rituals. The good news: the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced that travelers won't have to take their shoes off at airports in the future. Before you start jumping up and down for joy, here's the not-so-good news: the technology needed for scanning shoe-wearing passengers does not exist yet, and won't be available soon.

And for those who find the liquid limits for air travelers tedious and confining, no hope on the horizon there. Napolitano says, "The technology isn't quite there yet, and it won't be for a while, but I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on, and one of the last things you will probably see is a reduction or removing the limitation on liquids."

What are your pet peeves about the airport screening process?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Knowing what to do beforehand doesn't make it any less of a pain. I love any improvements upon any system that makes things better and easier.
lmnopie1 lmnopie1 5 years
I don't want to come across like a know-it-all, believe me, there is a LOT I don't know! :) Buuuuttt ... we have all been operating under these restrictions for 10 years now, I don't see what's so difficult. Wear ONE layer, don't wear metal and don't wear your belt, put it in your carry on (along with your sweater, jewelry, hair pins, etc). Put on all those fabulous accessories AFTER you get through security. Wear slip off shoes (with hose or socks) that come off quickly at the last moment (clogs are perfect) have your laptop easily accessible and take it out BEFORE you reach the checkpoint. It really is a breeze and the only stress you have is waiting for others who seem to just be hearing for the first time that their shoes have to come off.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Good. I hate touching the airport floor with socks or even worse bare feet. Now if they can lift the liquid restrictions, I would be a happy camper.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
the whole process really stresses me out. I'm trying to take off my coat, my shoes, my belt, my sweatshirt, while trying to get my laptop out of my case and getting dirty looks from the people behind me. I can't imagine what it's like going through with kids
dashsuede dashsuede 5 years
I don't mind taking off my shoes and I don't even bother putting on jewelry until after screening. I just hate the liquid limitation. 3 oz bottles are fine, but one quart bag is not enough.
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