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How to Wear Shoes Through Airport Security

Step #1: Dress as a soldier.
Step #2: Where your gigantic issued boots.
Step #3: Profit!

So it seems that assuming you're in a military uniform you're not required to remove your boots when going through the metal detector. Rather you're only required to do so if they set it off. This might make some bit of sense if the person watching the metal detector was also checking to make sure they had valid military ID.

In other travel law news, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that passengers give up all rights to be free of warrantless searches once a "passenger places hand luggage on a conveyor belt for inspection" or "passes though a magnetometer." So much for the Fourth Amendment! (Linked to Wikipedia since it seems everyone has forgotten what the Bill of Rights is these days)

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groundup
Dec. 23rd, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Even when not in uniform they don't make me take off my shoes unless I set off the metal detector. Most boots aren't steel toed. I don't think I have ever worn steel toed combat boots. On the other hand, I have been told to take off my dress shoes while in uniform many times since they have a metal plate or something metallic in them.
groundup
Dec. 26th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Didn't have to do it at Columbus Ga, Newark, or Louisville. If I remember correctly, I think I did it once at Portland but just because they had a sign, not because they told me to.
ext_56673
Dec. 24th, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
TSA != Sanity
TSA is simply without purpose-- lame++ to the entire affair. Not only have they not heard of the 4th Amendment, but they get *really* annoyed if you attempt to explain it to them. (And heaven forbid you travel with anything they haven't seen before, such as an external hard drive, or case full of Magic cards, or headphones, or... anything, actually.)
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