Delta has announced plans to introduce antimicrobial security trays at several airports served by the US carrier.

The bins “prevent the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria through antimicrobial technology that is built into the bin and continuously minimizes the presence of microbes throughout the bin’s lifecycle”.

They will initially be rolled out to screening lanes at Atlanta, Minneapolis St Paul, Los Angeles, New York LaGuardia and New York JFK, with the carrier “evaluating opportunities for expansion to other markets”.

In June Edinburgh airport announced a similar initiative to introduce antimicrobial security trays provided by information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader Leidos.

Edinburgh airport introduces “antimicrobial security trays”

According to Delta “A sleek black colour and indicators on bin handles will help customers know their belongings are safely travelling through the security checkpoint protected by this antimicrobial advancement”.

The move is one of a number of initiatives taken by the carrier in the light of Covid-19 and the increased focus on hygiene on the ground and in the air.

Delta is in the process of installing hand sanitiser stations on all of its aircraft, and has partnered with Purell for its passenger care kits, which include a disposable face mask, Purell hand sanitiser gel pouches, and an information card “detailing measures in place that are helping Delta transform the industry standard of clean”.

In June the carrier established a new Global Cleanliness division dedicated to innovating and evolving cleanliness standards in the light of Covid-19.

And Delta has also partnered with the makers of Lysol, to develop new cleaning and disinfecting solutions for high-touch areas at the airport and onboard such as airplane lavatories, departure gates, and the airline’s airport lounges.