WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet
Napolitano predicts that airline passengers in the future will no
longer be instructed to remove their shoes at airport security
checkpoints. But she adds that the technology to scan shoe-wearing
passengers for bombs doesn't yet exist and may not be available
No technology meets government standards to screen shoes for
explosives at airports while passengers wear them. Officials have
not been able to say for certain that this technology will exist in
the future, though they are working to develop it.
Removing shoes during screening has been a common complaint
among airline travelers since security was increased after a member
of al-Qaida unsuccessfully tried to detonate a bomb built into his
shoe in December 2001.
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