Have You Ever Flown Barefoot?
My last 2 vacations have involved air travel, last year to Riviera Maya in Mexico, & San Diego CA the year before. Given the accounts I've read from fellow barefooters about their experiences with airline travel, I didn't free-wheel it completely on these trips. I brought flips with me & had them in my carry-on.
The requirement to doff footwear at the TSA checkpoints makes for a great excuse. My flips are in my carry-on. I enter the terminal barefoot & check in barefoot. Then at the check-point, the TSA agent commented that it looked like I was "all set." Went in & went through, then to the gate while others were sitting down to put shoes & socks back on.
American Airlines & American Eagle seem to be fine with barefoot passengers. Not a word from the gate attendant or the flight attendants, except for Welcome aboard, have a nice flight, thank you for flying with us, etc.
Last year my connection was at DFW. They have a train called the Sky-link that you can take between the terminals. I arrived in Terminal B, & my connecting flight was in Terminal D. Deplaned barefoot, walked through the arrival area & took the escalator to where you board the Sky-Link. When one arrived I got on, & hung on. Got to Terminal D, then next stop Mexico.
Arriving at Cancun, I deplaned & went through Immigration, along with about 200 others, so I was in a crowd & not standing out quite so much. Passport stamped, then to Customs, got the green light, welcome to Mexico. One odd look from a woman in a uniform, I smiled & said Si! Descalzo! She rolled her eyes, like "whatever."
Got my rental car, if anyone noticed they didn't say anything. Then after a 45 minute drive, I arrived at the resort, checked in & in the lobby was a bar with Corona taps in easy reach. This was going to be a great vacation! And it was!
The return trip was just as easy. Checked in, security screened & boarded barefoot in Cancun. Connected at DFW & barefooted through US Immigrations & Customs. Sky-link again, & there were 3 TSA agents aboard. One asked me, or rather wise-cracked if I'd left my shoes at the beach. I smiled back & said Hey, it's your idea, remember? That got a few laughs.