Edinburgh Airport has awarded a contract to technology solutions supplier Leidos to upgrade its security tray returns system with antimicrobial tray technology. The UK airport says the implementation of the technology complements other measures it is taking to minimize the spread of bacteria in its facilities. Leidos notes that this is the company’s first order of this particular solution.
Under the contract, Leidos will provide antimicrobial security trays that prevent reproduction of a broad spectrum of bacteria, including staphylococcus aureus (staph) and E. coli, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and VRE, by 99.99%. The antimicrobial technology is built in to the security tray during the manufacturing process and continuously minimizes the presence of microbes throughout the security tray’s lifetime.
The company says that the trays must be cleaned according to normal hygiene procedures, but the additive will not wash off or wear away. It states that use of antimicrobial technology is important because studies have shown that microbes can survive on surfaces for up to eight weeks.