A Clear and Present Danger!
These are dangerous times that we are living in! The human race is facing a real risk of extinction. Bird flu has arrived in Yorkshire (God’s own county go figure), norovirus is rife aboard our cruise ships, and Ebola is, well, just to scary to contemplate.
Of course, we all worry about such terrors going airborne – literally! The threat of them being transmitted by people travelling by air. As a frequent flier myself I take such risks very seriously. I haven’t yet succumbed to the Asian style of wearing a surgical mask while on board a plane or perusing the duty free aisles at the airport, but I am trying to perfect the ability of holding my breath and/or breathing through my ears. So far I’ve only made it as far as the safety announcement before sucking in the foul contents of the recirculated air, or passing out. So, not good for long haul.
But, I fear there may be another deadly way in which a catastrophic disease may yet be transmitted and put the human race in peril. And this time there will be nothing that Sir Bob Geldof and Bono will be able to do about it. And, what is this clear and present danger? The trolley bag.
What untold deadly germs and bacteria must reside on the wheels of your average trolley bag? What muck and filth must they have been dragged through? Especially at this time of year when it is dark and wet and the leaves are on the ground, making it nigh on impossible to avoid an otherwise visible horror on the pavement, let alone those dangers too minuscule to spot with the naked eye.
And, the trolley bag, if you think about it, is the perfect mechanism for transmitting such terrors quickly, broadly, and globally. We wipe their wheels on the floors of trains, planes and offices. We set them down in our wardrobes and in the overhead compartments, in the boots/trunks or on the back seats of our cars. Unwittingly, we are spreading the filth through which we have trawled them far and wide.
Mark my words! Soon the world will be turned into an episode of the Walking Dead. Only, this time, the zombies will be wearing a business suit and dragging their four-wheeled Samsonite behind them….