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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