Coming Soon to Airports: Shoes! On Your Feet!

Janet Napolitano says the end to the annoying practice is nigh
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2011 1:43 PM CDT
Take heart, passenger. Soon you will not have to untie those shoes.   (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)
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(Newser) – Rejoice, Americans: Just as you admitted that you would be willing to do away with your freedoms in exchange for security ... freedom! Janet Napolitano today said that air passengers will soon be able to inch their way through security with their shoes on, reports Politico. "We are moving towards an intelligence- and risk-based approach to how we screen," she explained. "I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on."

That, of course, means there must be a "last thing." What is it? "The reduction or limitation on liquids." Josh Gerstein notes that the Homeland Security honcho didn't discuss what new technology would enable the shoe move, and her timeline was vague: "In terms of what we see coming in the months and years ahead, it will probably be easier and it looks like it will be to deal with the shoe issues before we can remove the restriction on liquids."

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