»»TSA Will Not Change Shoe Policy for the Foreseeable Future

Fliers must continue to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints in the United States.
The Transportation Security Administration said it rejected four different scanning devices allowing travelers to keep their footwear on at checkpoints, because they failed to adequately detect explosives and metal weapons during tests at various airports, according to The New York Times.

Last September, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said research and development on shoe-friendly scanning machines was progressing and that fliers would eventually be able to keep their shoes on.
But, now 11 months later, TSA says it rejected all four devices tested at the airports.
The New York Times quoted TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein as saying “But overall, the machines we tested didn’t detect all the materials we were looking for, […] taking off shoes is going to be a part of air travel for the foreseeable future,”.

In the United States, just a small minority of fliers — including elderly, children and approved passengers from a TSA’s prescreening program — are sometimes allowed to go through security screenings without taking off their shoes.

According to the trade group U.S. Travel Association, passengers say they hate removing their shoes more than pat-downs and full body scans.

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