Airport security: A new ruling on shoes

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We recently spotted on the TSA's blog that screeners have started "asking" passengers to put shoes directly on the x-ray belt instead of in bins. USA Today reported the same.

But is it a suggestion or a new requirement? A TSA spokesperson told Budget Travel that the measure is a "recommendation." Officers can get a better look at shoes on x-ray scans when they're not with other items in a bin.

I flew from Newark to Seattle over Memorial Day and wasn't asked to put my shoes on the belt by themselves. I plopped them in a bin with my quart-size bag of liquids, just like always.

UPDATE JUNE 19: The TSA has responded to our reader comments. Click here.

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