Antimicrobial Bins Arrive at PHL's TSA Checkpoints

In light of the germ-wariness amplified by the pandemic, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), in its ongoing campaign to create a healthier and safer experience for guests and employees, has partnered with SecurityPoint Media to bring the SecureTray System® and its TSA bin antimicrobial technology to airport checkpoints.

SecurityPoint Media touts itself as the leader in airport passenger security checkpoint advertising and the innovator of the SecureTray System. The company partners with Microban® International “to incorporate powerful antimicrobial technology into their SecureTray System. The technology inhibits the growth of bacteria on the surface of the trays 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The treated trays are deployed by SecurityPoint Media to its network of airports that use the proprietary security screening trays.”

According to Microban, “Antimicrobial technology can be defined as a substance that works to destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria, mold and mildew. Unlike disinfectants, which provide a limited residual activity, integrated antimicrobial technology works to continuously reduce the number of microbes on a treated product throughout its expected lifecycle.”

The company adds that “Microban antimicrobial technologies provide proactive, 24/7 protection that inhibits the growth of microbes on high-touch, high-traffic surfaces. In lab studies, the technologies demonstrate up to 99.9% reduction in the growth of bacteria.”

The antimicrobial bins are being deployed to all security checkpoint lanes at PHL except those with CT scanners. The latter lanes are fewer in number; the SecureTray program is beginning to manufacture right-size antimicrobial bins that will fit through CT scanners.

“The antimicrobial bins are an innovative health asset that we are proud to provide,” said Leah Douglas, PHL Director of Guest Experience. “It improves the guest experience by greatly reducing hand contact with bacteria at security checkpoints in order to meet our passenger expectations post-COVID19. It also increases TSA efficiency and throughput as each bin has an X-ray readable ID and it makes it easier for passengers to be able to see if they’ve left anything inside the bins.”

“TSA’s mission is to protect the nation’s transportation system, and we accomplish that by focusing on security, but the pandemic demonstrated that there are other things that need to be considered,” said PHL Federal Security Director Gerardo J. Spero. “We are excited to be able to partner with PHL and utilize this new technology as it will help protect both travelers and our employees in future situations.”

SecurityPoint Media is responsible to change out bins according to the lifespan of the antimicrobial technology.


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