The future of all airports? Hong Kong tests full-body disinfectant booths on passengers

HONG Kong Airport is trialling new disinfectant booths for passengers which kill all viruses, including coronavirus, on the skin in just 40 seconds.

The new technology could become a common sight in the future at all airports as the industry looks into ways to ensure travellers feel safe post-pandemic.

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The CLeanTech pods, dubbed "a full-body disinfection channel facility," first check the temperature of the passenger.

Then, the 40-second disinfection process starts – the airport describes this by explaining: 'The interior surface of the channel is equipped with antimicrobial coating which can remotely kill virus and bacteria on human bodies and clothing by using the technologies of photocatalyst and 'nano needles'."

A sanitising spray is also used throughout the process.

Despite low numbers of coronavirus in Hong Kong, with just 1,041 cases and four deaths, the airport has introduced other health and safety measures.

These include enhanced disinfection methods, hand sanitiser stations and virus-killing cleaning robots called Whiz, which are fitted with UV light sterilisers and air sterilisers.

Incoming passengers’ temperatures are checked as they disembark from flights.

After passing through Customs and Immigration, they are then escorted by staff in PPE to the nearby AsiaWorld-Expo convention centre, where passengers are fitted with an electronic tag and a saliva sample is taken, before their test result is sent within three days.

While the disinfection booth is currently being trialed at the airport this month, it could become the norm around the world.

Airports are looking into different ways to keep travellers safe, with terminals and lounges often very busy places.

Social distancing has been deemed "impossible" by London Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye, due to the sheer volume of passengers on each flight.

However, travel numbers are expected to remain low even when lockdowns are lifted, making it easier for airports to enable social distancing practises.

Mr Holland-Kaye has also called for compulsory temperature checks, 'health passports' as well as mass coronavirus testing at all UK airports as cases of the virus continue to rise.

Airports could be forced to close bars and restaurants, as well as have less seats in lounging areas.

London Stansted and Manchester Airport are to enforce face masks for passengers when they reopen.

Plane passengers could face a four-hour wait to get airborne, a reduced schedule and prices hiked up in a post-lockdown world.

Air travel could become more of a luxury as airlines sticking to distancing rules may need to pull up the fares to cover the cost of less travellers.

People could be forced to have pre-flight health check ups to ensure they are fighting fit before going abroad.


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