Palm Beach Airport Officials Complain of Passengers Stinky Feet

WEST PALM BEACH — There are a lot of stinky feet walking through the security checkpoints at Palm Beach International Airport.

So many, in fact, that the county airport managers are considering replacing the carpet.

County Airports Director Bruce Pelly told an advisory board Wednesday that security officials “are complaining of odor.”

“They just want the carpeting changed,” said Casandra Davis, airport spokeswoman. Airport managers are working on plans to replace much of the carpet and tile in the terminal, but nothing has been finalized, she said.

It is unclear whether the aromatic carpet will be replaced at the two security checkpoints, Davis said. But there’s no lack of clarity about the stink.

Going through security stinks!

Sari Koshetz, a Miami-based spokeswoman with the Transportation Security Administration, which operates PBIA’s checkpoints, said the administration would support plans to replace the carpet.

The checkpoints are opened from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. If flights are delayed, security areas might close as late as 1 a.m., she added.

“Getting carpet shampooed and dried in that short time window can be a challenge,” Koshetz said.

By Jennifer Sorentrue, The Palm Beach Post


1 comment for “Palm Beach Airport Officials Complain of Passengers Stinky Feet

  1. Martha
    March 11, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Martha says ~ Oh, we’ve discussed stinking feet on the airplane, but not at security. It’s bad, and I’ve been caught up in someone else’s foot fungus fog more than a few times! But in Florida, everybody wears sandals and flip-flops. How bad can it be?

    Try walking a mile in my shoes. And then walk through security at airports up north and abroad, where people go three out of four seasons wearing boots and shoes. Some of the fermenting feet haven’t seen the light of day or fresh air for months at a time!

    I hold my breath going through security. It’s the only way.

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