· Waiting in line for another machine is not going to make airport security faster
Back when we were a member of the now-defunct expedited airport security service Clear, we used to step into a machine that quickly checked our fingerprints andif we remember correctlyscanned our shoes, because it looked like the machine below. And you know what? Even though we had our own empty Clear security lane, doing that whole quick bit actually took made us move slower than the regular security lines next to us. Now magnify this situation by hundreds of passengers at rush hour, and by more than just our one lonely lane. We're still talking extra wait time, and we'd like some proof that a shoe scanner takes significantly less time than just whipping off our shoes at the scanner to justify rolling out shoe scanners around the country or world.
· The taking-off-shoes at security issue is overblown
Some passengers may wear hiking boots with intricate lacing jobs, but that's not the problem of the entire network of airports. The majority of travelers are not going to take more than 20 seconds to remove their shoes and put them through the scanner. Maybe we should just wear this shoe on our next flight. Or perhaps it'd just be easier to ban wearing complicated shoes at airports? It'd surely be a cheaper and faster way out, and just as boneheaded. We'll continue to keep our ears open on this topic however, because we wouldn't be surprised if that was the next announcement.
· TSA Hopes Scanners Can Let You Keep Your Shoes On [Today in the Sky]
· TSA Looks to Upgrade Shoe Security Procedures [MSNBC from 5 years ago!]
· The Complete Guide to Full-Body Scanning [Jaunted]
· Airport Security [Jaunted]