Quick Security Tip: Keep Socks Handy!

It’s getting to be a little warmer here in the South. This means that socks and boots are less prevalent, and flats and heels are having a bigger presence. And you know what that means–the bigger possibility of bare feet in airports! Okay maybe that’s not everyone’s logical conclusion, but as a frequent traveler, it’s just where my mind goes. And the next place my mind goes is: “Bare feet in an airport? Not if I can help it!” Certainly there are some times when it’s unavoidable, but I try to keep those times few and far between.

There are a couple of easy solutions to this problem. The first, wear socks or hose with your flats. Unfortunately, this can get really hot depending on your location and the time of year. Another suggestion–keep a pair of socks accessible in your bag, and slip them on before going through security. This works pretty well most of the time, although could require some balancing, which I am not awesome at. The solution that seems to work best for me was suggested a while back by Reader S, which is to use those little footie socks (like Peds). Super quick to slip on and off, and they take up almost no space.

Of course, the BEST way to avoid this problem is to sign up for the TSA Pre-Check program, where you don’t have to take off your shoes…… Hope that continues to expand to new airports! Then this traveler will never have bare feet in an airport again.

Readers, what is your preferred method for avoiding bare feet in the airport? Or do you even care? Male Readers, do you try to avoid this as well?


  1. I so agree. I think it’s just gross to walk through security barefoot, so I always wear socks of one sort or another. But I don’t think I’d have the presence and dexterity to juggle all my stuff and put socks on at the beginning of the security line.

  2. Ever since “the miracle on the Hudson”, I travel in socks & sturdy shoes. If there’s an emergency, my feet will need to be protected.

  3. RW, you asked for a male opinion. Guys tend to wear socks as a matter of course, so they don’t need to go barefoot or change into socks at the security checkpoint. As for gals going barefoot at security, you have a point but pedicures are meant to be admired, right?

  4. I agree no socks in the airport is disgusting!! I usually wear hose, but my laptop bag has my security socks. It’s quite fast to slide them on after putting my shoes on the conveyor belt.

    Shoes first on the belt, but last to come off. I highly doubt they ever disinfect the floor in the full body scanners. Ewwwww!!

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