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Originally published February 26, 2009 at 8:20 AM | Page modified February 26, 2009 at 8:58 AM

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Slight boost sought for homeland security in 2010

Air travelers would probably have to pay more in three years to have their shoes inspected at airports under a spending proposal from the Obama administration.

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON —

Air travelers would probably have to pay more in three years to have their shoes inspected at airports under a spending proposal from the Obama administration.

Starting in 2012, the airlines would cover most of the costs of passenger and baggage screening through increased fees, according to President Barack Obama's proposal for the 2010 spending year. These fees are generally passed on to travelers by the airlines.

The Homeland Security Department would see a 6 percent boost over what President George W. Bush sought last year.

Obama's proposal would bolster transportation security, add more Border Patrol agents, send money to state and local governments to hire intelligence analysts, and eliminate a maritime navigation system that Bush sought to enhance.

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