Malaga Airport Bans Shoes. From the 1st September 2018 travellers will not be permitted to wear shoes anywhere inside the terminal building.
Malaga Airport Bans Shoes
EXCLUSIVE: in a board meeting this week, Malaga airport executives have ruled that from the 1st of September 2018 shoes will not be permitted inside the terminal building. The ruling aims to speed up check in and arrival procedures, reduce potential security incidents, and increase comfort levels for customers.
Alfonso Pies from the Malaga Airport Customer Footwear Department says that it’s been a long time coming. “For years, customers have had to remove shoes at check in for security checks. This can be time consuming and unpleasant for airport staff. By banning all shoes inside the terminal we will be able to speed up check in and increase customer satisfaction levels”.
The new rule currently only applies to Malaga Airport. The new Malaga Merida Airport is not expected to introduce this policy.
The new ruling isn’t just a security and safety measure though, it’s aimed at improving customer comfort. Senor Pies says “With the hot weather here on the Costa Del Sol, some customers suffer from extreme perspiration of the feet. Mainly British people. This can create an unpleasant odour, making the airport experience unpleasant for some visitors. By removing the shoes altogether, we will be able to eliminate the smell of camembert from the terminal, except around the French cheese shop, where it will be unavoidable”.
Hygienic Protective Foot Wraps
Members of the public have expressed concern about being barefoot in the airport. Hygienic protective wraps (which will be sponsored by local businesses) will be provided for a small fee to anyone who wishes to keep their feet covered. These can be purchased at the main entrance to the airport, and will be permitted inside the building. Shoes must be placed inside luggage, or left outside the airport in special shoe racks where they can be retrieved upon leaving the building.
Improved Air Quality
Some airport users have reacted positively to the news. Claire Bare is originally from Birmingham but now lives in Estepona. She told Costa Del Sol Update “I’m not from Birmingham actually, I’m from Solihull. I think this is great. There’s nothing worse than being surrounded by people with smelly feet in the airport. If no one is wearing shoes, it should really improve the air quality inside the building”.
However, not everyone is delighted about the new ruling. Anne Fernandez represents a group of expats who specialise in expressing outrage through a Facebook group. She said “My members are appalled by this news, they are outraged. It’s a ridiculous idea, it’s not safe, it won’t make anything better inside the airport. It’s just an excuse to rip people off, ten euros for what looks like a plastic bag to put on your feet. This is because of Brexit. It’s clearly a reaction to us taking back control”.
Customers whose feet are considered unsuitable for public display will be forced to have a compulsory pedicure on the way into the airport. This will cost €74. Any customers caught wearing shoes, or unofficial foot wraps inside Malaga airport will be subject to an on the spot fine between €80 and €240 depending on their nationality.
Daniella Westbrook Arrested
In a recent 24 hour trial of the footwear ban, British celebrity Daniella Westbrook refused to remove her shoes. She was subsequently arrested at Malaga Airport and detained at a local police station overnight. Miss. Westbrook’s agent has been unavailable for comment.
Enrique Tacón is chairman of the Malaga Airport Celebrity Shoe Removal Team. He says no one is exempt from the ruling. “This must be followed by everyone, even celebrities. We were disappointed that Miss. Westbrook wouldn’t remove her shoes, and had to arrest her. A famous A list television star like her should be setting an example”.
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Written by Mike Lunge, Costa Del Sol Update, 18.05.2018