Shoe scans at airport security checkpoints are the leading cause of passenger frustration and delays.
The Shoes Still Have to Come Off
It’s the source of frustration and delays at our airports. Going through security you know it’s coming. You have to take your shoes off and send them through the scanner while you walk barefoot ,or in your socks, through the body scanner. UGH!
Last September, Secretary Janet Napolitano of the Homeland Security Department raised hopes when she said that research and development on scanning machines was progressing and that air travelers would eventually be able to keep their shoes on.
But nearly a year later, the T.S.A., which is overseen by Homeland Security, said it was not any closer to finding a solution. Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the agency, would not address why it had rejected the devices.