Edinburgh Airport buys Leidos’ antimicrobial security lane cleaning technology

Leidos is to provide new antimicrobial security trays and associated equipment to Edinburgh Airport. (Leidos)

Edinburgh Airport (IATA: EDI), Scotland’s busiest airport, has awarded Leidos a contract to upgrade the airport’s security tray return systems with antimicrobial tray technology. The airport said that the implementation of antimicrobial technology complements other measures it is taking to minimise the spread of bacteria in the airport. This is Leidos’ first order for its antimicrobial security tray technology introduced to mitigate the spread of bacteria from person-to-surface contact.

Under the contract, Leidos will provide new antimicrobial security trays that are designed to prevent the reproduction of a broad spectrum of bacteria, including staphylococcus aureus (staph), E. coli, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA and VRE, by 99.99%. The antimicrobial technology is built into the security tray during Leidos’ tray manufacturing process and minimises the presence of microbes throughout the security tray’s life cycle. The antimicrobial security trays must be cleaned according to normal hygiene procedures, but the additive will not wash off or wear away. Studies have shown that microbes can survive on surfaces for up to eight weeks if they are not cleaned properly.

The new setup destined for EDI will be integrated within its existing security screening system.