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Airport security will soon become more passenger-friendly

September 12, 2011

Air travelers may soon be able to leave their coats, shoes and belts on when they pass through security checkpoints. During a conference for the families of 9/11 victims on the ten-year anniversary of the national tragedy, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made mention of the improvements in security technology and how the advancements could finally begin to ease congestion at checkpoints.

"I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on," she said at the conference, according to The Los Angeles Times.

She also mentioned that the technology to easily and quickly identify liquids is in development. Restrictions on what and how much liquids can be carried past a security checkpoint are among the top measures that travel agents and their clients would like to see eliminated, according to a recent survey by Minnesota travel firm Travel Leaders.

Many travelers dread security checkpoints and feel that the security measures are more strict than they necessarily need to be. Allowing passengers to keep their shoes on will not only speed up the process but it could also help travelers feel less stressed at the airport.

Another way to eliminate stress is to talk to loved ones while away, and phone cards can help travelers stay in touch. 

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