December 22, 2001
Richard Reid tries to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami. As a result, TSA begins randomly searching people’s shoes. Somewhere, J. Edgar Hoover is sad he missed this.
September 16, 2004
Passengers are required to remove their jackets before going through security. Those without boarding passes are no longer allowed past security checkpoints, and embarrassing “Welcome Home” signs are sadly now relegated to baggage claim.
December 17, 2004
Butane lighters are banned from being carried onto planes.
March 31, 2005
All lighters are banned from commercial airplanes.
August 10, 2006
TSA mandates that all shoes be removed when going through security.