DHS: Kids Won't Have to Remove Shoes for Airport Screenings

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Tuesday that new rules will not require children under age 12 to remove their shoes when they go through airport security, The Associated Press reports.

The Transportation Security Administration says the change will be instituted in the coming weeks, along with other policy changes including new ways to conduct security searches of children without resorting to pat-downs.

From the AP:

Napolitano said there may be some exceptions to keep airport security unpredictable. Terrorists have plotted to use children as suicide bombers, and some children still may be required to remove their shoes to keep security random.

"There will always be some unpredictability built into the system, and there will always be random checks even for groups that we are looking at differently, such as children," she said.


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