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Kids Under 13 Can Keep Shoes On at Airports, Napolitano Says

Janet Napolitano

Children 12 years old and younger soon will be able to keep their shoes on while going through airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

New DHS policy, to be rolled out in the coming months, also includes other ways to screen young children without resorting to a pat-down, Napolitano said.

Napolitano made the remarks at a public hearing called by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

There are times where some children may still be required to remove their shoes to keep airport security unpredictable, Napolitano said. Terrorists have plotted to use children as suicide bombers.

“There will always be some unpredictability built into the system, and there will always be random checks even for groups that we are looking at differently, such as children,” Napolitano said.

Click here to watch the full hearing, which includes testimony from FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen.

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