Boeing has developed a self-disinfecting lavatory prototype that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect all surfaces in about three seconds after every use — killing 99.9% of germs.
Shielding surfaces with anti-microbial coatings
Anti-microbial surfaces make it hard for microbes, such as viruses, to grow. Boeing is evaluating existing products while collaborating with researchers to develop new solutions
Using UV light to sanitize
Honeywell have a system available now that can traverse an aircraft cabin in 10 minutes.
Boeing developed a portable UV wand specifically designed to inactivate viruses and bacteria on airplanes, which they have now licensed to Healthe to manufacture.
The UV wand uses 222 nanometer UVC light. Research indicates 222 nanometer UVC inactivates pathogens effectively.
Using the self-contained apparatus that resembles a carry-on suitcase, crews can pass UV light over high-touch surfaces, sanitizing everywhere the light reaches. The UV wand is particularly effective in compact spaces and sanitizes a flight deck in less than 15 minutes.
Etihad Airways was the first to evaluate the device, and the UV wand was demonstrated on the Etihad 787-10 ecoDemonstrator airplane on Aug. 21.
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