Lose the shoes could fly away soon

The days of shoeless airport security may be coming to a close. / The Consumerist (Flickr)

Ever since the attempted bombing of a flight by Richard Reid back in 2001 in which he planned to detonate explosives hidden in his shoes...all airline travelers have had to do the "shoe shuffle" in the security line.

Take off your shoes, put them in the bin, get them x-rayed to make sure you aren't carrying explosives.

Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Nepolitano, says that practice may soon go by the wayside.

"We are moving towards an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we screen," Napolitano told POLITICO TMs Mike Allen during a morning forum at the Newseum. "I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on. One of the last things you will [see] is the reduction or limitation on liquids."

Napolitano said that research and development efforts for technology to solve the shoe ordeal at airports are progressing, but the technology to perform quick scans that distinguish harmless and explosive liquids is at a stand still.

POLITICO also reports that Napolitano indicated that the implementation of any hard-and-fast rules to address public disapproval of certain TSA practices could open a major gap in security.

"We can TMt adopt blanket exclusions because the exclusion is exploited by those who seek to do evil," she said at the POLITICO event.

What do you think of the move? Too soon? Or has the whole "shoe shuffle" been overblown. And what of the comment "moving toward an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we screen"? Are we moving toward something more like Israel does when it comes to screening passengers?