Insta-CoGo: Secure Your Shoes
Knowing my shoes and my sandals have no metal in them, I'm irritated every time I have to take them off to go through security. What is the point? Yeah, I know about that nutcase Richard Reid, who put plastic explosives in his shoes and tried to set them off. But what does that have to do with taking off my shoes?
That's not my only question.
The X-ray machines I pass the shoes through aren't equipped with explosives detectors, so what's the point?
I'm walking through an X-ray machine already, so why do I have to put my shoes through a different X-ray machine?
The amount of explosives I could fit into my shoes would also fit into my pocket. Or my underwear, to think of an even less attractive option. Given I don't have to strip naked, thank goodness, what is the point of taking off my shoes?
I called private security types figuring they'll tell me I'm right, and it's just a stupid governent policy designed to make people think security is improved.
But that's not what happened. They say there is a method to the seeming madness. Thing is, those metal detectors you walk through are the least effective at the bottom, where your feet pass through. Explosives hidden in a shoe would not likely show up as anything. A similar amount of explosives hidden in your pocket or underwear should be detected as a mysterious bulge.
Moreover, says Richard Roth of CTI Consulting, a security consulting firm, the machines we walk through have been tuned to be so sensitive that the metal contained in most shoes would set the machines off. The delays that would then result by thousands of shoes setting off alarm bells would create more inconvenience than is caused by forcing everyone to take off their shoes.
Okay. I concede.
Your thoughts on shoes and conveyor belts?
By Cindy Loose |
February 5, 2008; 7:42 AM ET
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