Sunday, July 19, 2020

Lost & found items at airport now pose risk of COVID-19

Wallets, electronic gadgets, pouches containing medicines, bags of used clothes, footwear, wristwatches and packets of food — all of these were items left behind in places which witness movement of large numbers of people could possibly have the deadly Coronavirus lingering all over them.

In the “touch me not” times, when the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people touch things, air travellers continue to be reckless with their belongings, often forgetting them at airports, which is giving a tough time to the airport authorities.

Fifty-four days since flight services resumed across the country, air travellers have forgotten several dozens of items at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad.

The airport authorities, who are working in tough conditions, are having to sanitise twice or sometimes thrice all the “lost and found” articles.

The newest addition to the things forgotten by flyers are thermometers and bags or pouches containing sanitisers and hand wash.

Information accessed by Deccan Chronicle shows that in the first week of flight services being resumed on May 25, passengers, who were nervous due to the pandemic, hardly forgot their belongings. Just two items were forgotten by an air passenger on the very first day — a pen drive and a bag containing used clothes.
19/07/20 Vikram Sharma/Asian Age
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