AviationDisinfection measures include a booth that conducts a temperature scan and a 40-second disinfectant spray

Hong Kong trials new passenger disinfection booths

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Hong Kong International Airport said it is the first to trial a new passenger disinfection booth, CleanTech.
Hong Kong International Airport said it is the first to trial a new passenger disinfection booth, CleanTech. Photo Credit: hkairportofficial

HONG KONG – Airports and airlines are pilot testing new passenger disinfection measures that will be critical for air travel to resume safely.

The airport hub says it is the first to trial CleanTech, an enclosed booth that will spray users with a disinfectant for 40 seconds to kill any trace of the virus, AFP reported. It is currently being trialled among airport staff.

Hong Kong International Airport is testing a new full-body disinfection booth that conducts a temperature check and a 40-second disinfection procedure.

The airport hub says it is the first to trial CleanTech, an enclosed booth that will spray users with a disinfectant for 40 seconds to kill any trace of the virus, AFP reported. It is currently being trialled among airport staff.

The booth has an antimicrobial coating that claims to “remotely kill the virus and bacteria on human bodies and clothing”.

Another pilot test is also underway that involves using antimicrobial sprays for high-touch surfaces in the terminal. These include handles and seats on the Automated People Mover, passenger buses, smart check-in kiosks, check-in counters, toilets, seating areas, baggage trolleys and elevator buttons.

The airport has also deployed autonomous cleaning robots to disinfect public areas and passenger facilities, which relies on the use of ultraviolet light to sterilise 99% of surfaces like public toilets and is also capable of sterilising the air.

Major carriers have also started to introduce their own precautionary measures at their home airports.

Emirates has started conducting rapid coronavirus blood tests for passengers departing from Dubai. The tests are conducted by the Dubai Health Authority and results are ready in 10 minutes.

Etihad Airways has set up self-service, contactless kiosks capable of detecting at-risk travellers based on their body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate.

Once air travel resumes at large scale, the requirement for travellers and staff to wear face coverings and masks is likely to become standard practice.

In recent weeks, several airlines including JetBlue, Lufthansa and Air Canada announced that travellers will be required to wear masks throughout their journey.

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