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Have to take off my shoes?

We can't see inside your shoes when they're on your feet. But our x-ray machines can get a good look when you take your shoes off.

We see 2 million shoes a day so it is easy to tell when they have been tampered. Here is an example from Jacksonville, Florida of $40,000 artfully concealed in the sole of an athletic shoe.

Why do children need to be screened?

Good security means being prepared for unexpected threats. No one expects children to be used to harm anyone, but our officers have found weapons in children's toys and other items.

That's why we need to screen everyone. We will not separate parents from their children, and our officers will treat children gently and with respect.