Green for less: The Dyson Airblade

I've never really enjoyed bathroom hand dryers. Apart from the rumor that they are havens of bacteria, there's the fact that they take forever to use, tend to push water up my sleeves, and leave my hands more chapped than Angelina Jolie in the Gobi desert. Worst of all, they don't really do their job all that well, and I often find myself wiping my cracked, prematurely aged hands on my pants.

Consequently, when I used the bathroom at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, I wasn't all that excited about the hand drying options. After all, the best that I could hope for was a scratchy paper towel and the worst...well, the worst was a pair of chapped, damp hands.

And then I saw the Dyson "Airblade" hand dryer.