Shoes on/shoes off?

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 4:48pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 5:32pm

T.S.A. is testing a program that will allow adults to keep shoes on during security screening.

Those pilot programs are currently running in larger cities like Dallas. Soon, cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles will get a chance to run the program that will allow adults to walk through the security screening with their shoes on.

Kids 12 years and younger can now keep their shoes on while being screened. That was a result of a similar pilot program. That test saw it's success early and now it has become an option the children can exercise.

The Federal Director of Security in El Paso, Mark Momsen says, "We need to make sure we have a safe transportation system that we can make as threat-reduced as possible." 

Pilot programs are a way to determine how to proceed with new operating procedures. If the larger cities are successful, then other airports can adopt the policy of keeping shoes on.

Momsen says, "The more successful we are, the harder it is to prove what we do is valid."

If any travellers want to make a compliment or a complaint, the T.S.A. will listen. There's a comment box at the El Paso International Airport, just past the security area, on the left.


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