I had the pleasure of flying from my favourite small French airport yesterday. When I arrived at security the queue appeared to be longer than the usual mid-week peak business travel wait time of 5 minutes, so I sat down with a coffee and pain au chocolat to see if I could determine why. Even though season is over, there was a conference in the area, and there appeared to be a lot of travellers over and above the mid-week FRA/LHR/MUC/ZRH connection crowd. When I did join the 'long' queue (wait time, 10 minutes), I realised why the queue was so long. There were a lot of people removing their shoes at the checkpoint, even though the screeners told them in English several times not to remove their shoes, and even though the screening video shows the traveller wearing shoes. At my connecting airport, the same thing happened (and I have been speaking about this for some time online as it is especially noticeable in high season around Europe). While it may be annoying to have the queues be lengthened due to the time it takes to play the shoe carnival, I believe that the greater issue is that so many travellers used to TSA do not realise or do not understand that what they now treat as 'normal' is considered 'abnormal' elsewhere, and even when it is pointed out to them, they don't seem to want to change their behaviour. In fact, many times I have read or overheard how 'bad' security is outside the US because other countries don't practice the shoe carnival, or use scanners as primary. I'm glad to see that there is some easing of the shoe game in the US (for children), but this to me in indicative of the greater problem we face here trying to help people to understand the real issue about security theatre.