Boy Scout streamlines airport travel

This article in USA Today describes an invention by a Chicago-area Boy Scout who saw an opportunity to streamline airport inspections at the world's busiest airport (still O'Hare).

The invention (and I've actually seen these at Dulles as well) is a box with a metal detector in it that is used to pre-scan people's shoes. The trick is that most people don't know if their shoes are going to trigger the metal detectors or not these days. However, if they unexpectedly do, the whole line is in for a stop while the shoes are removed, the individual is hand-wanded, the shoes are sent through the x-ray machine, etc.

The box will beep if your shoes are going to impede the flow of traffic and annoy your neighbors, so you know to take them off.

Sounds like a good opportunity for a merit badge.