10News Investigation Prompts Bay Area Airport Clean Up
San Francisco, San Jose Airports To Investiage Bacteria Problem
6:38 AM, Jul 21, 2006
Nearly 8.5 million people fly out of San Diegos Lindbergh Field every year and most of them have to take their shoes off prior to going through security.Earlier this month, a 10News Investigation found that the Lindbergh Field terminal floors were not very sanitary.10News has been busy since the first investigation report on what was found in airport security lines -- where travelers have to remove their shoes.10News handed out protection against fungus and bacteria found on the floor while airport management waited on their own lab results.Depending on what we find we decide how to proceed. We wont know until we know what the test results are, said Dianna Lucero of the Airport Authority.As 10News reported two weeks ago, samples were collected off floors in security areas in Lindbergh Field, McCarran Airport in Las Vegas and Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.The samples were taken using Petri dishes and taken to a certified lab. The lab found fungus, mold and disturbing bacteria called nazeria.Nazeria is a species that can lead to gonorrhea and can also lead to meningitis, said Dr. Daniel Lee of the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.Lee recommends a course of action.Sanitize the area after passengers go through or provide protection so people do not pick up something as they walk on the same surface, said Lee.Jana Losure sells adhesive sandals called Koasterz.Some people are more susceptible and might pick up something and not know it. I say why take a chance, said Losure.Losure gave 10News 500 pairs of the adhesive sandals to give away at the airport.Absolutely a great color and great idea. It would be great if they offered it to us, said traveler Steve Koch.Even airline ticket agents were impressed with the sandals.As clever as the sandals may be, the problem still lurks beneath the feet of travelers.I dont want fungus among us. They should remove the carpet and put flooring down, said traveler Kathy Ertz.The Airport Authority said they expect their lab results back next week and will decide what they will do -- if anything -- after that.In the Bay Area, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome promised to mop up any problems at his airport knowing what 10News found spreads from airport to airport.This is very disturbing. I dont have an answer but this is an opportunity and we can come up with an answer, said Newsome.The same is being said for San Joses airport.It was a big surprise for us. Weve contacted the director of airport operations to do something about it, said San Jose airport spokesman Rick Dressler.