Dear Heloise: A reader from Hawaii advised putting keys and change INTO SHOES at the airport X-ray. Please advise your readers not to do this. One of the basic Transportation Security Administration rules is that nothing should be placed inside, under or on top of shoes as they go through the X-ray. This could either obstruct the view or make it seem as if the shoes have been tampered with.
While on the subject, please remind your readers of the other rules:
* Do not bring liquids over 3.4 ounces into the screening queue (unless it is medicine or necessary for babies).
* Take large electronic items out of the carry-on and place each one in a separate bin.
* Have your ID and security document in your hand, ready to go, as you enter.
* End phone calls prior to entering the screening process.
* Do not stop on the other side of the X-ray to reassemble your belongings.
If everyone would become more familiar with the rules prior to traveling and follow these hints, the lines would move much faster. -- A Reader, via e-mail
Thank you for your hints! After contacting the Transportation Security Administration, an employee said that it is not against the rules to place items like keys and change in your shoes while they go through X-ray. But it is recommended that you place keys and change in a separate bin, like you stated, so that it doesn’t cause anomalies on the X-ray and require you to go through extra screening. -- Heloise
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