Is Taking Off Your Shoes In U.S. Airports A Thing Of The Past?
Imagine a world where taking off your shoes in U.S. airports might be a thing of the past. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Politico yesterday that we may not have to take our shoes off through airport security inspection in the near future because of better technology combined with a risk-based and intelligence-based approach to screening.
Airline passengers will at some point in the future no longer have to take off their shoes when going through airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday (September 6th), although she added that the technology to scan shoes for explosives while on flyers’ feet doesn’t yet exist and may not be available soon. The ban on carrying liquids on planes, however, is likely to remain in effect. Napolitano said, “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.” Passengers began being required to take off their shoes during airport security screening after so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid tried to detonate a bomb in his shoe during a transatlantic flight in December 2001.