If nothing unexpected happens, then we are currently in the last section of the coronavirus pandemic. The immunization of the population against SARS-CoV-2 is increasing continuously, by the end of the year we should be able to go back to our “normal” life as far as possible. With the lifting of restrictions, travel agencies and portals will certainly experience a new onslaught.
But how does travel work in the time until the pandemic is over around the world? A Swiss start-up has such an idea. A new type of robot will then bring us back the feeling of security and peace of mind in the airplane. Because the helper, who looks like a cross, is supposed to rid seats and other surfaces of all viruses.
UV light makes it possible. Past research has already shown that this light can also effectively destroy coronaviruses and render them harmless. The arms of the robot pointing to the left and right thus irradiate the surfaces while the robot continuously makes its way to the rearmost rows. A single-story aircraft is like this in Disinfected minutes.
The procedure has many advantages. The cleaning is comparatively sustainable, strong cleaning agents are a thing of the past. At the same time, all rows of seats are effectively disinfected, so the confidence of the passengers should increase again. And then there is the comparatively short cleaning time.
There are still disadvantages: A robot costs around the 13. 500 Euro, at the same time surfaces also fade more easily. A seat could quickly sit out and appear pale. Three prototypes are now in use at Zurich Airport, should the first pilot tests prove successful, the advantages should still outweigh the benefits and cleaning teams worldwide will soon have a new colleague.
After the coronavirus pandemic, the travel industry needs one thing above all: trust. Nobody likes to sit on an airplane if they are unsure about the hygiene on board. The new robot could bring confidence back, provided that passengers are also informed and educated about its benefits. 100 percent cleanliness there will never be, but after SARS-CoV-2 the topic will continue to gain relevance.