A full-body disinfection booth is being tested at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) that may be a glimpse into what international airport travel may look like once travel bans are lifted post-COVID-19.
Here is how this post-COVID-19 disinfection works. Before entering this futuristic-looking booth, travelers will have their temperature taken. They will then undergo a 40-second disinfection and sanitizing procedure.
It is said that the interior surface of the channel is equipped with an antimicrobial coating, which can remotely kill viruses and bacteria on human bodies and clothing by using photocatalyst technology and nanoneedles. Sanitizing spray is also applied for instant disinfection. The channel is kept under negative pressure to prevent cross-contamination between the outside and inside environment.
Currently, “CLeanTech” is being used by staff with public health and quarantine duties for passenger arrivals.
The Hong Kong Airport Authority is also testing the application of antimicrobial coating on all passenger facilities. An invisible coating to destroy germs, bacteria and viruses is being applied to high-touch surfaces in the terminal, including handles and 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.
The airport is also deploying autonomous cleaning robots to continuously disinfect public areas, passenger facilities, and restrooms. Called Intelligent Sterilization Robots, they are equipped with ultraviolet light sterilizers and air sterilizers and move around autonomously. They sterilize up to 99.99% of bacteria in its vicinity in just 10 minutes.