By Helen Regan, Adam Renton and Emma Reynolds, CNN
Cleaning robots, temperature checks and antimicrobial coatings could soon become synonymous with airport trips.
Hong Kong airport has provided a glimpse into what international airport procedures might look like once we’re traveling again — and a lot of disinfection technologies are involved.
Officials at the Asian destination’s international airport claim it is the first in the world to trial a live operation of CLeanTech, a full-body disinfection booth.
How it works: Those passing through undertake a temperature check before entering a booth for the 40-second disinfection and sanitizing procedures. The individual is also sprinkled with sanitizing spray for “instant disinfection” inside the booth, which is kept under negative pressure, to prevent cross-contamination.
Kills viruses on clothing: According to the airport authority, the inside of the facility contains an antimicrobial coating that can remotely kill any viruses and/or bacteria found on clothing, and the body, by using photocatalyst advances along with “nano needles.”
Is it in operation? While CLeanTech is at present only being used on staff who undertake public health and quarantine duties for passenger arrivals, the fact that it’s being trialed at one of the world’s busiest airports suggests facilities like this may be used more widely in the near future.