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.
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