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Airport passenger foot odor means smelly security carpets

March 15, 2010

PALM BEACH, FL — Workers at the Palm Beach International Airport want new carpets at security checkpoints, claiming passengers'' smelly feet have resulted in a lingering odor in the carpet, according to United Press International.

According to the story, the combination of passengers walking on the carpet without shoes in order to pass through security and the lack of time for thorough carpet cleaning have contributed to the odor problem.

Airport managers are developing plans to replace the majority of the carpeting in the building, the story stated.

Airport spokesperson Casandra Davis said: "They just want the carpeting changed."

According to the story, the security checkpoints open at 4:30 a.m. and often do not close until 1 a.m., leaving very little time for proper carpet cleaning.

Sari Koshetz, a Miami spokeswoman with the Transportation Security Administration, said: "Getting carpet shampooed and dried in that short time window can be a challenge."

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