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Hong Kong Airport Introduces Full-Body Disinfection Booths
Are you willing to go through a machine at an airport that would sanitize you from head to toe?
If you’re traveling through Hong Kong, you might not have a choice.
Hong Kong International Airport is testing a new machine that would act as a full-body disinfectant working to kill bacteria on your body and clothing in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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The technology by CLeanTech uses an antimicrobial coating on the interior surface of the machine as well as sanitizing spray for “instant disinfection” in just 40 seconds. Passengers will have their temperatures checked before entering the device.
“The safety and wellbeing of airport staff and passengers are always our first priority,” said Steven Yiu, Deputy Director of Service Delivery of the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA). “Although air traffic has been impacted by the pandemic, the AA spares no effort in ensuring that the airport is a safe environment for all users. We will continue to look into new measures to enhance our cleaning and disinfection work.”
In addition to the disinfectant machine, AA officials are conducting a pilot test of applying antimicrobial coating at all passenger facilities. An invisible coating to destroy germs, bacteria, and viruses will be applied to “high-touch surfaces” in the terminal, including handles, seats of Automated People Movers and passenger buses, smart check-in kiosks and check-in counters, toilets, seating area in the terminal, baggage trolleys, elevator buttons, and more.
After completion of the trial, the AA will consider implementing it as a long term disinfection measure, according to a news release.