TSA nearing decision on shoe scanners

03/3/2010 | USA Today

A dozen companies are working on machines to detect explosives hidden in shoes, and the TSA says it is ready to buy 100 of the devices, three years after a previous generation failed to live up to expectations. IDO Security already has installed its "MagShoe" device in 15 foreign airports but has yet to win approval in the U.S. Manufacturers promise their new designs -- using chemical tests or electromagnetic fields -- are more reliable than older models. A TSA spokeswoman says allowing passengers to keep their shoes on "would help checkpoints run more smoothly and allow our officers to focus on other aspects of security."

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