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Old 09-09-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Short snippet from CNN.com, much larger story is about general attire

Don't fly barefoot


US Airways' contract of carriage states that it can remove passengers from a flight if they are "inappropriately clothed."

One thing is for sure: Don't bother showing up for your flight without shoes, unless you're a very young child.

Most airlines, including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways, may refuse to transport you if you are barefoot.

Poole said she once saw a woman who tried to board a flight barefoot and was kicked off. The passenger was rebooked on a later flight, "that is if she could find her shoes," Poole said.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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even so... some airlines make you take of your shoes at security... at least in Europe, don't know about US
What could possibly be the problem if someone wants to travel barefoot? Assuming their feet are clean (!)...
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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One time I was standing in line for the X-ray scanner, where everyone is required to take off their shoes. The security guard told me that I had to put my shoes back on until I got closer to the machine.

If flying barefoot was ALLOWED, it would be REQUIRED. They don't like the idea of people being different. It's simpler for the airlines and the TSA if everybody is alike.
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people is way too tolerant, complying and docile. they are going to do whatever they're ordered to and that's why things are so grim today. Pay. Put your shoes off. Wear a suit. stand. please pass through this x ray scanner. please shovel this fire extinguisher up your ass. Sit. put your shoes on. fasten your belt. Take your pills. sing the anthem. vote. go to war. die.

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I often walk from security to the gate barefoot. I have my sandals hanging on my bag, so the presence of them may matter.
Texturally, jetway floors make me cringe, so I slip the sandals back on to board. Back off at my seat.

I've never had issues with airline employees, and only a couple long looks from TSA.
I assumed they were foot fetishists. :-)

My Hebrew language T-shirt and reading material, or traveling companions, draw more problems.
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Paint a shoe on your foot tell you get caught then make fun of the cop on spot for not catching it sooner.
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My Hebrew language T-shirt and reading material, or traveling companions, draw more problems.
always used to think it took arabic to draw the heat, lol. this means guard dogs cannot tell hebrew from arabic ? would make lots of sense... about your fellow travellers, maybe they look like these ones ?



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I did a trip to and from Spain using BF sandals and had no problem. Security either didn't notice (likely) or didn't care (less likely). I will certainly try barefooting airports/planes again. EmPHAsis on "try."
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:43 PM   #10
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It seems that only airlines based in the US have rules against bare feet. I've checked with European airlines and they have no such rule. It also seems that US Airways is the airline that most consistently refuses service to barefoot passengers. I've had no problem so far flying barefoot on Delta (and before that Northwest Airlines).
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