Studies released today indicate that heightened international airport security measures may be contributing to an increased number of foot fungus cases, commonly known as athlete's foot.
FAA guidelines now require many passengers to remove their shoes prior to or immediately after passing through airport metal detectors. Those travellers who wear sandals or shoes without socks are then forced to walk barefoot on the unsanitary floor. Lack of regular cleaning is partly to blame for this rampant spread of foot fungus among airport passengers. However, FAA spokesman Tommy Robeske points the finger at the travellers, stating "It's their own damn fault for not wearing socks."
Rogers Swanson, VP Marketing for Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, Inc., makers of Tinactin athlete's foot treatment products commented "this could represent a real shot in the arm for our business." He added, "Maybe if they increase airport security measures even more, we could find a new niche for our jock itch products."