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Can This ‘Hazmat Suit For Flying’ Save Air Travel?
A recent study from the travel website The Points Guy revealed that four in 10 Americans won’t step foot on a plane until there is a COVID-19 vaccine.
As scientists work around the clock to prepare a vaccine, there could be another way for those who feel uncomfortable with flying thanks to this futuristic device by a Canadian startup.
In less than three months, the Toronto-based company has sold tens of thousands of a device called a BioVYZR in which social media has dubbed a “travel bubble.”
Yezin Al-Qaysi launched VYZR Technologies after identifying a PPE need amid the global health crisis.
Worn over the head and shoulders, the BioVYZR features a bubble-like hood and an anti-fogging face shield. It’s designed to filter your personal air and shield your personal space.
“The BioVYZR was based on an existing design that I developed at my previous company as a solar visor to provide hands-free shade from the sun,” Al-Qaysi told Forbes. “And we used that as a starting point to create something similar, but yet entirely different.”
Al-Qaysi told Forbes that the visor was not originally created to travel.
“For us, it was all about essential workers and frontline staff, and the people who were really facing this every single day.”
Some of his largest clients to-date are schools, dental offices, hospitals, meatpacking plants, governments, and more.
The “travel bubble” can be purchased for $249 and passengers can see them in the airport by the end of July or early August from customers who pre-ordered ahead.
“The TSA hasn’t seen it. Airlines will start to see this product in the coming weeks for the first time, and we don’t know how they’re going to react.”
Al-Qaysi is optimistic the travel industry will be open to the idea.
“We did a lot of research on this,” says Al-Qaysi. “We made sure that the battery was well below the carry-on limits on planes, which is around 20,000 mAh. Ours is about 10,000 mAh, which is the size of a standard power bank.”
The company’s YouTube promo video has garnered more than 2 million views since its launch.