Airport Business - 26

DISINFECTING
AUTHOR Robert Kravitz

ARE
WE

Over Disinfecting AIRPORTS?

Some public health experts are asking if disinfectants are even needed.
ACCORDING TO the World Economic Forum, an
impartial, nonprofit organization that focuses on
issues impacting the world economy, COVID-19
has highlighted the shortcomings of the aviation
industry worldwide when it comes to protecting
human health. The organization reports:
Airports, which ferry millions of
passengers every day, unwittingly became
the gateway for this contagion.
There is no clear mechanism in place
[in airports] to monitor passenger movement,
screen and test them for infection, and
assist authorities to monitor and geo-fence
quarantined cases.
With the help of such plans, perhaps
COVID-19 could have been nipped in the
bud. But it is not too late. Airports can still
play a key role in containing the current
pandemic spread.
The Forum goes on to say that
airports here and around the world need
to " re-engineer air travel, " including
having passenger screening and testing
protocols in place long before passengers
ever get to an airport.
Th is m ight require hav ing
passengers use some type of mobile app
that includes recent travel information
along with pertinent health information,
such as whether they have been recently
tested for the virus. This would be

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ROBERT KRAVITZ

Robert Kravitz is a frequent writer for the
professional cleaning industry.

available for inspection as soon as they
arrive at the airport.
Taking such steps should help slow
the spread of the disease. It has the
potential of stopping someone who
may be asymptomatic - and therefore,
do not know they have the disease,
making them an unwitting carrier -
from potentially boarding a plane and
spreading the virus to others onboard
or in other locations.
While this strategy has potential,
what airports worldwide are doing in
the meantime to help slow the spread
is ramping up disinfecting programs
dramatically. Many types of systems
are now in place or being considered
to accomplish this, including the use of
electrostatic sprayers that mist surfaces
with a disinfectant, as well as the greatly
expanded use of disinfectants in general.
However, it is this expanded use of
disinfectants that is now coming into
question. Some public health experts are
asking if they are even needed.
Further, because they are being used
in such dramatically high volumes in
airports and other facilities, with the
potential to harm the user as well as
building users, concerns are mounting
that they may be causing more healthrelated problems than they are solving.
Let us look at these two issues one
by one, starting with concerns about
disinfectants.

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ALTURASOLUTIONS

The Problem with
Disinfectants
Without question, disinfectants have
helped protect health. They kill
pathogens and microorganisms and
are one of the most important chemical
solutions available in the professional
cleaning industry. In some facilities,
such as hospitals, their use is required.
However, the Environmental
Protection Agency classifies disinfectants
as " pesticides. " Pesticides are designed to
kill not only pathogens but other living
things as well. Their use, or overuse, in
cleaning can prove harmful to both the
user of the product and building users,
in this case people in airports.
As we mentioned earlier, due
to anxiety about the pandemic,



Airport Business

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence: Once in a Lifetime
Industry Update
Hindsight is 20/20
Remote Airport Deploys Open Platform Video to Monitor Facilities, Secure Operations, Connect wth Clients
Airport Guru: General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
Mitigating Public Safety Risks – Let's Fly Again!
Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Technology Best Practices
Cover Story: Less Touch, More Travel
Taking to the Sky in 2021
Are We Over Disinfecting Airports?
Airport Security in the Age of COVID
The New Norms of Aviation Catering
Safe and Secure Travel in the Age of COVID
Legal Matters: Single FBO Airports: Is There an Impermissible Exclusive Right? What Can You Do About It?
Product Profile: A Customizable Fueling Experience
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Airport Business - 3
Airport Business - 4
Airport Business - Inside the Fence: Once in a Lifetime
Airport Business - Industry Update
Airport Business - 7
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Airport Business - 9
Airport Business - Hindsight is 20/20
Airport Business - 11
Airport Business - Remote Airport Deploys Open Platform Video to Monitor Facilities, Secure Operations, Connect wth Clients
Airport Business - 13
Airport Business - Airport Guru: General Aviation Airports: A National Asset
Airport Business - 15
Airport Business - Mitigating Public Safety Risks – Let's Fly Again!
Airport Business - 17
Airport Business - Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Technology Best Practices
Airport Business - 19
Airport Business - Cover Story: Less Touch, More Travel
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Airport Business - Taking to the Sky in 2021
Airport Business - Are We Over Disinfecting Airports?
Airport Business - 27
Airport Business - Airport Security in the Age of COVID
Airport Business - 29
Airport Business - The New Norms of Aviation Catering
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Airport Business - Safe and Secure Travel in the Age of COVID
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Airport Business - Legal Matters: Single FBO Airports: Is There an Impermissible Exclusive Right? What Can You Do About It?
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Airport Business - Product Profile: A Customizable Fueling Experience
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