Can anyone suggest some airport friendly shoes. That is, ones without metal in them. I would rather avoid taking my shoes off when going through security each time. I have been to a few shoe shops and asked this question, without any luck.
doc martens go real well with the metal detectors. No probs yet and a fair few of my colleagues have them as well and also no probs. Bit pricey though but ten years out of my last pair was good value for money.
Here's some helpful advice from TSA:
'Footwear that screeners are less likely to suggest you remove includes:
"Beach" flip-flops Thin-soled sandals (without metal)' http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/e...orial_1050.xml Probably best to avoid these: '...during a routine security check on January 31, authorities at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport discovered electrical devices concealed inside the shoes of Gua Hongen, a Chinese national traveling through Istanbul from Beijing, China to Tripoli, Libya. The discovery of the device triggered a security alert at the airport.' http://www.homelandsecurity.com/modu...index&view=535 But hopefully these will be deployed soon: '...the TSA is inviting companies to voluntarily participate in a test program to develop technologies for “Shoe Weapons Inspection Systems (SWIS) that can inspect footwear for weapons without passengers having to remove or divest them from their feet.”' http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8899022/
I'm no cobbler but most decent pairs of shoes probably have a degree of metallic content and, despite the nuisance, there's good reason for the extra scrutiny. Definitely avoid the thicker soled jobs. A good pair of Hush Puppies work for me...!
despite the nuisance, there's good reason for the extra scrutiny.
If the quote is an endorsement of the increased security regime, then I'd say cobblers to that!
If one looney trying to set his foot bomb alight is reason to cause so much inconvenience and chaos at airports, then we should go the whole hog.
test each and every pilot & cc member for drugs an alcohol, because more than one has been caught trying to perform their duties under the influence.
test each and every baggie for drugs and alcohol, as they commence duty and each time they leave the premisis, as they've been known to be under the influence. There are even rumours that they facilitate the flow of contraband in and out of airports.
Test every bluddy body.
In fact, ban aeroplanes because they've been known to crash and kill people.
If the quote is an endorsement of the increased security regime, then I'd say cobblers to that! If one looney trying to set his foot bomb alight is reason to cause so much inconvenience and chaos at airports, then we should go the whole hog.
Capt Claret With the greatest respect, this wasn't just a lone looney. His mate got cold feet - have a look at:
'Reluctant shoe-bomb plotter jailed
A would-be British suicide bomber was jailed for 13 years Friday for plotting to blow up a US-bound passenger plane in mid-air in tandem with jailed "shoe bomber" Richard Reid.
Saajid Badat, 25, who pleaded guilty in February, decided not to go ahead with the plot, which would have seen him blow up a plane simultaneously with Reid in December 2001.
And then there was this:
'Four al Qaeda operatives were supposed to hijack an airliner, seize the controls and ram the aircraft into the tallest building on the West Coast -- the U.S. Bank Tower, formerly known as the Library Tower. The weapons used were to have been explosives the operatives concealed in their shoes, which supposedly would have aided them in blowing off the cockpit doors.' http://www.stratfor.com/products/pre...89&countryId=1
I understand your gripe, especially having pilots screened - and believe me I don't enjoy playing footsie with the guards anymore than you do - but the problem is if you start making exceptions, where do you stop? The baddies have the intent and the know-how - I heard a security brief a while back that darn near knocked my socks off - and I'd much rather go through a bit of a hassle on the ground than go to bits at FL340. My gripe is if they don't do everybody over equally - eg ground staff with airside access - and keep their minds on the job 100% of the time.
PS: Sorry to hijack the point of your thread, showerofsparks. And for the bad punning.
Take them with you (not wear them) next time you go to work, and ask security can you test them through the walk-through screener to see if they 'set it off'. If they set the machine off, take them back and pick another pair. Very sad, but it's what things have come to unfortunately.
It doesn't matter one little bit what you wear. Even if you have frog skin Japanese riding boots, you get the dreaded SSSS on your Boarding Pass in the US and off comes the shoes. Always amazes me. The SSSS are supposed to be computer generated, yet it is usually the single (travelling that is) white anglo saxon that appears to get picked. I wear a medium size watch and on a my last two visits to the US this year, I've played a little game going thru the various securities. As I walk thru with the watch on, I allow my arm to swing slightly out from my side. Sure enough, off she goes. Next time I walk thru with my arm across my midriff. No alarm. Try it some time.
Here's some helpful advice from TSA:
'Footwear that screeners are less likely to suggest you remove ...
when was the last time that they "REQUESTED" you remove your shoes??
normally "TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF" are about the only words of english they speak, and then they BARK at you ... hardly a "request"!
FWIW, security cannot MAKE you remove any part of your clothing. they can REQUEST only. you have the right to refuse, and trhen be subject to a "wanding"... then they can do a "private search", which you can DEMAND that be doen by two officers of the same sex as you...
My shoes have metal in them but they are really good shoes and I like them. If I step through the detectors so only one foot is in the detection zone at any time they almost never go off. Its usually a bigger than normal step and looks a little weird but thats I hate having to take my bl**dy shoes off everytime I go to work