My 12YO daughter just returned from a school trip to Spain (lucky duck!), and while we were waiting for her luggage I noticed an interesting door modification in baggage claim.  The cart traffic must have been causing some problems with the original doors and hardware, so one leaf of the pair has been fixed with surface bolts (exit device removed), and guide rails have been attached between the door and frame.

These doors are fire doors and also a marked exit, so a) replacing the fire exit hardware with surface bolts negates the positive latching, b) the rim strike that has been installed with the rim panic is not acceptable for use on a fire door, c) the guide rails prevent the inactive leaf from opening (not to mention that they’re not listed for use on a fire door), d) there are visible holes in the door that have not been filled and others have been covered by a stainless steel plate, and e) a mag-lock has been added, which does not allow egress unless you “pick up phone for emergency exit.”  By solving their security problems and cart protection issues, many other problems were created.

Baggage Door Modification

Terminal E Carts

There are more Fixed-it Friday photos here!  Have a great weekend!

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