Why You Should Never Walk Through Airport Security Barefoot

Everybody knows you have to remove your shoes when you go through airport security, but do you always wear socks? Experts say you probably should. Kathryn Jacobsen, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology and global health at George Mason University explains, “Just about every floor surface– at shopping centers, gyms, airports, and other places– is coated in bacteria like E. coli and Staph as well as other pathogens.” If that bacteria seeps into your skin, you’re at risk for an infection. Jacobsen says for most people, the risk of contracting an infection from going sock-less at security is pretty low since security lines are well-ventilated and have dry floors, but there are exceptions. Anyone with a weakened immune system or with cuts on their feet could more easily contract an infection. (Fox)