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Just been through the excellent security at Geneva – a lesson in how every airport should function. On this occasion they had a mat which passengers can stand on to assess whether – or not – they need to remove footwear. I haven’t seen this anywhere else – what an excellent device! BKK has recently installed full body scanners which now requires EVERYONE to take off shoes – surely defeating the upgrading of equipment. GVA shows how security can be thorough AND hassle free.27 May 2017
Talking of footwear, it is all hit and miss. I often travel in a pair of really comfy soft leather boots with metal decorative studs. Most of the boot is hidden beneath my jeans, but I am stunned as the bleeper has never gone off & I have never been asked to remove them in London. BKK yes… Fra T2 yes.. T1 no.27 May 2017
If I wear “business” shoes I have to remove them. A security officer at Zurich once showed me on the x-ray the metal plate that runs from toe to heel. I never knew shoes had these. But if I wear my Timberland loafers I never have to remove them, even in the US.28 May 2017
LP, I also found out about the metal plate when a friendly officer showed it to me at FRA years ago. Since then, when travelling, I always wear Bally loafers with a rubber sole. No metal and good come rain or shine. Barring a few exceptions, only been asked to remove them where they don’t allow anyone with shoes to go through.28 May 2017
Well, it is not what is visible that rings… I most of the time fly with the same shoes, a very comfy pair of double buckles English shoes. It never rings … excepted in Geneva on these famous new devices. So usually I just skip these new pads, and if asked, tell the officer my shoes won’t ring. Why?Because my shoes have no metal in their structure (as it is the case for many UK built shoes), contrarily to many US well known brands.28 May 2017
As GVA is my regular airport, may I add that the new gadget is good, and I endorse the comment of the priginal poster. My only problem is that it is easy to trip over the box that includes the kit to work the shoe-scanners.
Generally, GVA gets very high marks for its security screening on the Swiss side – in the French terminal it is a little more primitive. C’est la vie.29 May 2017