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Airport Shoe Policy: Removing Is Optional

Travelers no longer will encounter conflicting rules about removing their shoes at airports. At some airports, passengers have been told they had to take off their shoes before passing through metal detectors; at others, it was optional. The Transportation Security Administration now says removing shoes will be optional. However, passengers will be warned their chances of being asked to submit to a more thorough secondary screening will be greater if they do not take off their shoes and put them through X-ray machines. “We must make sure our security process is consistent so air travelers know what to expect at every airport in the country,” TSA chief James Loy said in a statement. The TSA has found security lines move faster if everybody removes their shoes. Shoes with metal shanks or steel toes, for example, set off metal detectors and must then be screened with hand-held wands, slowing the process of clearing passengers into gate areas. Full Story

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