Good news -- according to Homeland Security Security Janet Napolitano, airline passengers will soon be able to keep their shoes on when going through airport security.
Homeland Security Security Janet Napolitano told Politico that air passengers will eventually not have to take off their shoes anymore while going through security checks. “We are moving towards an intelligence and risk-based approach to how we screen,” she said. “I think one of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on." [...]
“In terms of what we see coming in the months and years ahead, it will probably be easier and it looks like it will be to deal with the shoe issues before we can remove the restriction on liquids.”
Not using an intelligence and risk-based approach was asinine to begin with, and it doesn't actually provide extra security when you spend all of your time patting down granny rather than watching out for, ya' know, actual threats.
Besides, the biggest threat to airline passengers is not terrorism. It's congress.