Please Remove Your Shoes

| July 10, 2010

Whenever I think back to the air travel that I embarked on pre-9/11, I can’t even remember any true security screenings. Yes, I remember that there was a metal detector of sorts, but there wasn’t anything significant to the process. Now we are inundated with ominous signs and placards stating what we can and cannot bring on board, and treated to a barrage of a seemingly thorough screening processes (from x-rays to body scans), giving us the impression that we are finally taking the safety precautions that should have been in place a long time ago. “Please Remove Your Shoes”, a new documentary about the Transportation Security Administration, begs to differ.
The narrator is Brian Sullivan, a former FAA federal agent and Vietnam veteran, who along with several other high-ranking federal employees, tried repeatedly both before and after 9/11 to warn the FAA about the extreme gaps in security in America’s airports. One such example was that during their tests of the effectiveness of current screening methods, the x-ray machines used to scan checked luggage missed two-thirds of the faux bombs or weapons that had been placed in various bags. That’s right, two-thirds of all checked baggage were allowed to board planes with explosive devices and/or weapons. When information like this would be presented to supervisors, nothing would be done or changed to help improve the situation. Reports would get “lost” in the proverbial bureaucratic shuffle (sound familiar?).
Filmed stylistically, “Please Remove Your Shoes” informs the viewer with credible information, from men working directly in positions that witnessed the corruption of the way our aviation security is run, and, unfortunately, shows that even after 9/11, our security hasn’t gotten any better. A former Air Marshall, P. Jeffery Black, believes that all of the so-called improvements with the TSA are merely for show, to give the impression that we are safer. I have never been a fan of flying, and after viewing this fantastic documentary, I am sure I never will be.

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Shannon Huebscher is a copywriter and freelance writer living in Minneapolis, MN.
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