Other TSA critics, including notable lawmakers like Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulPaul: Pence should oversee Senate ObamaCare repeal votes Healthcare fight pits Trump against Club for Growth GOP rep: Trump could be 'one-term president' if healthcare bill passes MORE (R-Ky.), have accused the agency of targeting them at airport security checkpoints.
TSA denied Jones was unfairly targeted, saying that almost all passengers are required to remove their shoes.
“TSA’s objective is to mitigate risk in a way that ensures security measures while both promoting the safe movement of people and commerce and guarding against a deliberate attack against our transportation systems," the agency said in a statement that was provided to The Hill.
"The agency has implemented a number of risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and under, passengers 75 and older, and members of the military as well as TSA Pre-Check/Global Entry participants," the TSA statement continued. "All other passengers must undergo shoe screening and passengers with a disability or hindering medical condition who cannot remove their shoes can be screened using alternative methods.”
-This post was updated with new information at 3:48 p.m.