Super-smart no-punches-pulled interview by Bruce Schneier with TSA chief Kip Hawley:
BS: When can we keep our shoes on?
KH: Any time after you clear security. Sorry, Bruce, I don’t like
it either, but this is not just something leftover from 2002. It
is a real, current concern. We’re looking at shoe scanners and
ways of using millimeter wave and/or backscatter to get there, but
until the technology catches up to the risk, the shoes have to go
in the bin.
BS: This feels so much like “cover your ass” security:
you’re screening our shoes because everyone knows Richard Reid hid
explosives in them, and you’ll be raked over the coals if that
particular plot ever happens again. But there are literally
thousands of possible plots.