Many have found that the mandatory removing of their shoes and belts have made them feel treated uncivilly. Upon being told by a TSA agent to remove their belt, bewildered, the passenger replied that the tiny belt is only rubber, where as the agent replied that "even your sweat will go off". Either she was serious or exaggerating a point.
Up until last year people used to do a walk through of a metal detector, now, an offensively alarming tunnel is what people are required to enter, turn side ways and place their feet on top of the foot pattern to be in the exact spot with the right amount of leg spread out about shoulder width apart or more, then they have to raise their arms over their head and hold it for three seconds as the transparent tunnel doors wave around. It's not just luggage going through x-ray anymore, so are passengers via body imaging x-ray. It could leave a person wondering if they're taking a flight, or being arrested.
Passengers who don't have to remove their shoes are those: 12 and under, 75 and older, Members of the Military, TSA Pre✓™/Global Entry Participants.
Also, those with physical and other issues can opt for alternative methods of screening.
New news just reported in the last hour Sept. 4, 2013:
With TSA PreCheck, pre-approved airline travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt while they go through security. They do not have to remove their laptop computers from cases nor take out approved-sized liquids out of carry-on bags before the bags are screened. - news.yahoo
The TSA said with the expansion, the TSA PreCheck program will operate at 100 airports across the country in 42 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. The agency also plans to expand the number of TSA PreCheck lanes at the existing 40 airports in the coming weeks.The TSA will launch an application program later this year for PreCheck, which lets travelers fill out an online application and provide fingerprints. Applicants must pay an $85 enrollment fee for a five-year term of eligibility.
If a passenger is approved for PreCheck, a TSA PreCheck indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so when it is scanned at a security checkpoint, the passenger will be sent to the expedited screening line. - money.msn
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