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    Default Removing steel shanks in shoes?

    To make them TSA friendly. I travel four or more flights a week. I tend to avoid the Aldens in favor of C&J or Carmina due to the steel shanks. I know many don't consider removing shoes an issue, but I prefer not to when I do not have to. Please share your thoughts and experience.

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    Simple solution...get TSA PreCheck and use the scanner instead of metal detector. I fly weekly, almost always wear Aldens with steel shanks, and haven't taken my shoes off in several years.

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    Do you mean replace the shank with a fibreglass shank, or do you want to remove the shank altogether? The latter is impossible, but I don't know if it's possible to replace the shank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smmrfld View Post
    Simple solution...get TSA PreCheck and use the scanner instead of metal detector. I fly weekly, almost always wear Aldens with steel shanks, and haven't taken my shoes off in several years.
    Same here. I don't fly weekly but regularly and never have an issue wearing Alden shoes.


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    An alternative would be to wear your shoes until the need resoling. When you bring/send them in ask the repair facility to replace the the steel shank with wooden ones.

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    Have custom shoes made.

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    I guess I'm confused. Without pre check, all shoes are removed regardless of the material of the shank.

    You could wear sneakers and you'd still
    Have to remove them.

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    Removing one's shoes is annoying. Nick V's suggestion makes sense.

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    Thanks Nick - All my shoes go to you already.

    YMMV. I've often, but not always, been asked to remove shoes if I request a scan vs. metal detector at PRE. And some of the smaller places I visit do not have a scanner at PRE. Some don't even have PRE.

    When non-PRE, shoes and belts off has been a mixed bag. And haven't been asked to remove toiletries in a long time.


    Quote Originally Posted by Nick V View Post
    An alternative would be to wear your shoes until the need resoling. When you bring/send them in ask the repair facility to replace the the steel shank with wooden ones.



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