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Restroom Care

The case for cleaner airport restrooms

January 11, 2011
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HONOLULU — Janitors at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) play a game of constant catch up to meet demand for clean restrooms, according to KGMB-TV.
An airport bathroom''s often the first stop when stepping off a long flight; it can leave a good or a bad impression, the article noted.
Out of 224 restrooms at Honolulu International, 120 are heavily used: Many are under-serviced because of a lack of manpower, the article stated.
"We''ve got wet floors, wet sinks and hand towels all over the place. It gets bad," HNL Land Operations Manager Dean Kadokawa said.
According to the article, the 124 airport janitorial positions are down 70 from a decade ago.
Custodians said trying to keep up with restroom cleaning cuts into other chores, like sweeping and mopping floors and cleaning airport seats, the article added.
"We did ask our tenants to help us during this time of financial crisis. We asked them to call my custodial supervisors and report unclean restrooms. And we will react to it," Kadokawa concluded.
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