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Why No One Should Ever Go Barefoot Through Airport Security

Airlines & Airports | Michael Schottey | July 26, 2016

Why No One Should Ever Go Barefoot Through Airport Security

Photo courtesy of TSA Precheck

Planning ahead is an air traveling rite of passage, but do you remember to plan ahead for foot health?

Maybe it sounds a little odd, but a story from Smarter Travel points out that going barefoot through airport security lines can have potentially painful, embarrassing and downright disgusting consequences.

The scenario is pretty easy to imagine: Headed home from some tropical locale, it would be almost unconscionable to bust out closed toed shoes on those manicured tootsies that just spent a week in the sand and surf. Heck, even if you wanted to, the one pair of socks you’d brought along on the original flight smell like bad cheese, and ain’t no one got time for laundry when there’s beach yoga and snorkeling to be had.

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From the moment the TSA agent reminds the crowd to remove belts and shoes, that airport floor suddenly starts looking a lot more like a tepid gray petri dish scarier than walking through a LEGO-filled playroom at midnight.

This is one time your worst fears might be confirmed.

Best case scenario, you’ve just walked through everyone else’s foot funk—which, if anyone is alright with that, remind me not to come over for dinner. Down the list of potential calamity, barefoot airport walking isn’t that much better from forgetting shower-shoes at the YMCA. Sure, the airport floor isn’t damp (hopefully), but there’s potential for germs, fungus, sharp objects and even tetanus.

In short: it’s one thing to dress down in one’s comfiest apparel for the airport, but remember to stock some extra footwear along, because those painted toenails deserve security and pampering even on the way home. 


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