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TSA Testing New Shoes-on Technology
The TSA is well aware that the removal of shoes is not our most popular policy.
So goes the latest post on the agency's blog, explaining the testing of some new shoe scanners at LAX. During the trial period, you'll be able to keep your shoes on as you walk through one scanner--but you'll have to remove them when you get to the magnetometer and x-ray machines.
Why? The TSA is collecting data on how effective the new PassPort machines are, which explains the double-screening of your kicks.
A company called L3 Communications, which has been accused of involvement in torture at Abu Ghraib prison, makes the units. The walk-through gizmos use proprietary technology to determine if you're packing a bomb in your shoes. You can read more about 'em on the company's website.