tsa-patdownParents traveling with children under 12 may have one less thing to worry about. At a recent Senate hearing, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the government plans to implement a modified airport pat-down procedure for children under 12.

According to an article by Peter Greenburg, kids will be allowed to keep their shoes on when passing through security screening and will be subjected to fewer pat-downs.

602157 bootsThis is good news for anyone who’s ever attempted to travel with kids. Not only do you have to worry about what to pack when traveling with youngsters, but having to take shoes off at security can be a hassle – and downright upsetting for young children. I’ll be flying for the first time with my preschooler in a few weeks and welcome this change. While I’m sure my daughter will have a million questions about why we have to do everything we have to do to fly, at least she can do it with her shoes on.

Teresa J. Shaw covers Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her at TeresaJShaw.com and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw.