There are many rules to abide by when it comes to the dreaded airport security queue.
Between emptying pockets, taking jackets off and separating liquids or electric devices, there’s a lot for passengers to remember.
Heightened security measures mean many travellers also have to remove their shoes to pass through the airport scanners.
The task isn’t just inconvenient but a potential health hazard too, according to experts.
Going barefoot on the airport floor puts you at risk of developing fungal infections like athlete’s foot or even plantar warts.
The floors are particularly dirty in security areas because of the sheer amount of shoeless feet passing through daily.
Rami Calis, DPM, a podiatry instructor at Atlanta’s Emory University, told WebMD: “The floor is often dirty where all those people walk through security. And it doesn’t get any sun.
“I haven’t taken any samples from these areas, but if we do I bet we’ll find 101 different things.”
Travellers are advised to leave socks on and to always bring a spare pair of socks if you’re wearing open toed shoes.
If you do have to remove your socks, you can clean the soles of your feet with an antimicrobial wipe or alcohol rub after you’ve passed through security.
While your shoes might not make the cut, there some shocking items you can get through airport security.
Many travellers aren’t aware you can take razors through in hand luggage.
Fixed blade disposable razors are permitted in hand luggage yet razors with detachable heads are not.
Nail clippers and small scissors that have blades less than 6cm are also allowed in.
Another surprising item is a lighter, as these are also allowed to be brought onboard.
Only one per person is allowed, which must be kept on the person at all times whilst counting as a ‘liquid’ and must be included in the liquids bag.