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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Something's Afoot at the TSA.

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We want to remind everybody they can join us here most weeks, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago. For tickets and more information, you can go to wbez.org or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, it's time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Paula, our long national nightmare is over. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Americans might soon be able to do what?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Keep their shoes on at the check-in at the airport.

SAGAL: Yeah, at the security line. Yes, very good, keep your shoes on.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah, yeah.


SAGAL: Very good, Paula.

POUNDSTONE: I cannot wait.

SAGAL: It's going to be exciting.


SAGAL: Years of study have shown that the only way to hurt somebody with your shoe at the airport is with the noxious fumes that are released when you remove it in the security line.


KYRIE O: You know, even after all this time, you still go to the airport and you're standing there and some lady says, "Really? I have to take off my shoes?"

SAGAL: I know. Like, where have you been the last six years? Here's the good news: you'll now have the delight of leaving your shoes on your feet as you enter security. Here's the bad news: they're introducing a new procedure, the Freedomoscopy.


SAGAL: You will be able to wear your shoes, along with a paper hospital gown. It'll be great.


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