With the height of the summer travel season upon us, I?d like to say a few words about shoes. That’s right, shoes. More specifically, shoes at the dreaded airport security checkpoint.
I get a lot of questions about the TSA and security issues, but the one that comes up the most is, “Do I have to take off my shoes”? The short answer is no. If you physically cannot remove your shoes, then you do not have to do so. If however you do not remove your shoes, you will be subject to secondary screening (wanding and a pat down) which extends your time at the security checkpoint.
These are not Candy’s rules, they are the TSA’s own guidelines for screening disabled passengers.
So if you have problems bending over or you have balance issues, just tell the TSA agent that you cannot physically remove your shoes. Don’t even try, because you may hurt yourself trying.
Remember, when it comes to the security checkpoint, just say no if you can’t physically (and comfortably) remove your shoes. It’s the safe thing to do.