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Public health has become an important consideration when talking about airports, including security checks. How clean are airport security trays? Everything goes in those trays. The bottom of bags that were on the floor. well-handled laptops, sweaty watch bands, shoes that you don’t know what they may have stepped in etc.

Now, new self-sanityzing security trays developed by Nano-Touch might change the picture.

Powered by regular bulb light, NanoSeptic surfaces utilize mineral nano-crystals which create an oxidation reaction stronger than bleach. Working 24/7, the surface continually oxidizes organic contaminants.

Unlike traditional disinfectants and cleaners, the NanoSeptic surface uses no poisons, heavy metals or chemicals, and nothing is released from the surface since the nano-crystals are molecularly bonded to the material, according to the company’s website.

The technology was first tried at the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio. “This is a brand new technology and the way that it works is through light… Through each and every use it’s self-cleaning and will continually clean for each and every customer as they’re using it,”  says airport Marketing Director Lisa Dalpiaz.

The airport is in a partnership with Western Reserve Hospital to use the pads to help passengers stay healthy as they fly.

According to nanoseptic.com, the airport says they tested the pads to come up with the right combination that met federal standards and their own. Even though they’re thin enough not to set off TSA alarms, they can take a lot of use.

“We know that it’s durable so our customers don’t have to worry about it wearing down quickly. We tested it through 30 days, 60 days and 90 days and we know that every three months we can start changing them out,” Dalpiaz said.

The same technology operates also at other hospitality and travel fields as well as the healthcare and education markets.