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May 29, 2019

Airport Security Bins Are Gross; These Antimicrobial Replacements Might Help

New antimicrobial checkpoint bins are being introduced at dozens of U.S. airports.

Airport security bins carried more viruses than other areas of the airport — more than passport counters, staircase rails or toilet seats — according to a research study at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland in 2016.

Researchers swabbed a variety of surfaces and found plastic trays used at airport security checkpoints host the highest level of viruses at airports.

Florida-based SecurityPoint Media, one provider of such bins, aims to change that by providing SecureTray antimicrobial models to over 30 U.S. airports. They teamed up with North Carolina-based Microban International to include the antimicrobial feature.

The new SecureTray has a square shape and Microban logo molded into the bottom, which is a subtle distinction from the old bins.

"Microban antimicrobial treatment offers continuous built-in protection against the growth of bacteria on the tray surfaces that can lead to product deterioration," said Michael Ruby, VP of Global Built-In Business at Microban, in a statement sent to USA TODAY.

According to Microban's website, the antimicrobial technology works by destroying bacteria protein once it comes in contact with the security tray surface.

The new SecureTray bins have been delivered to airports in seven cities so far: Denver; Knoxville, Tennessee; Minneapolis; Nashville; Tampa; Washington, D.C.; and Highfill, Arkansas. Fifteen others are scheduled to get the bins by early July.

The antimicrobial aspect was just one part of SecureTray's upgrade, Joseph Ambrefe, CEO of SecurityPoint Media told USA TODAY. He noted a larger surface area and x-ray tags are also new features of his company's product.

"X-ray readable tags are located on the corners in order to maintain a positive chain of custody and support security officers in the screening process," said Ambrefe.

Copyright 2019 Gannett. All rights reserved. From By Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY.
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