Photo Fave: Kids, don’t touch those shoes

Kids can now keep their shoes on as they pass through airport security in the U.S.

Guess what?! Two fewer things to shuffle at airport security (or six, in the case of my family).

If it’s been a while since your last flight with your young child, you’ll have one more thing to look forward to as you pass through airport security points within the U.S. Children 12 years and younger are no longer required to remove their shoes. When I think of the absurd moments of travel over the past several years, including the pat-down of my entire family after we’d already cleared security and once being told to remove my infant’s leather booties, it’s nice to know that, well, maybe things are getting a little easier for travelers with young kids.

Though we’d had the new procedure explained to us previously (after I already had all my children’s shoes off), I was delighted to see this silly sign greeting everyone at the Kauai airport. Are you flying soon?

Remember the quick tips for flying with your baby and toddler on the Air Travel help page!

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Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli
Author of the award-winning Travels with Baby and Take-Along Travels with Baby

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  1. Wendy

    We’ll be flying at the end of August. We hit this in April in San Diego and our 3-year-old was so confused! She was all ready to take them off. 🙂 We too have had to remove crib shoes… So silly! Glad to see some of the regulations are getting more reasonable!

  2. Sonja

    My kids are both over 12 now, but woo hoo! – maybe the lines will move faster. 🙂

  3. Shelly Rivoli (Post author)

    Beth – it must be the season. Your photo is MUCH cuter, however! 😉

  4. Beth H

    It sure is nice to not have to go through that extra step with the kids!

  5. Beth H

    How funny! I just put up a photo post this morning reminding the same thing! (

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