Contrary to popular belief, airports are actually pretty low risk right now–as long as the proper precautionary measures are taken.
But while most places are relaxing their COVID guidelines, now is not the time for airports to let up.
In order to make travelers feel safe, these are the precautions airports will need to take.
1. Enforce mask-wearing and social distancing
By now, we hope you understand the benefits of social distancing and mask-wearing in public.
But when it comes to planes specifically, one CDC study shows just how big of a difference something as simple as leaving the middle seat unoccupied can be.
The results of this study revealed that social distancing on an aircraft can reduce COVID exposure by 57%.
But these policies can only do so much. If your planes aren’t properly ventilated, the effectiveness of masks and social distancing drops significantly.
2. Maintaining the proper ventilation
The study above also reveals the importance of good air circulation in mitigating COVID transmission on planes.
An airplane’s ventilation system works by moving fresh, warm, compressed air into the cabin. It also takes the exhaled air from passengers and cleans it with the help of a HEPA air filter. These filters are specially designed to retain 99.95% of airborne particles that come into contact with them, combine this filtered air with fresh outside air, then cycle it all back into the cabin.
Unfortunately, proper ventilation alone isn’t enough to completely protect against infection. That being said, it’s important to add UVC disinfectant to your air cleaning checklist.
3. Use UVC disinfectant
UVC disinfectant has been around for quite some time. It’s one of the easiest, fastest, and most efficient ways to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses within a confined space. Hospitals use it to sanitize patient rooms, hotels use it to sanitize water, and now it can be used to sanitize the air.
Spiro-Max UVGI air scrubbers can kill viruses and bacteria both on surfaces AND in the air, exonerating the need to scrub down the plane after each disembarkment. Simply install it into your air handling unit, and it’ll continually purify the air as it flows in and out.
4. Implement temperature screening
Implementing a mask policy can be especially hard in a massive, busy place like an airport. You’d need to hire a whole team to monitor each person that comes in and out. But with temperature screening kiosks like SafeScreen, there’s no need to hire extra people.
These stand-alone temperature screening kiosks are fully self-sufficient. Just place one at the entrance of your airport, and it’ll scan each traveler for a mask and a fever as they walk up to it.
If it detects a fever or maskless face, it will alert both the traveler and an administrator to discreetly handle the situation.
SafeScreen can even be programmed to open or close your automatic doors depending on the results of these readings.
Do your part to make travelers feel safe this year by enforcing a mask mandate, implementing a temperature screening policy, and using UVC disinfectant to keep your airport and airplanes safe.
At Quality Face Wear, we’re your one-stop shop for face masks, temperature screening kiosks, and UVC disinfectant. Contact us today to request a quote! We look forward to helping you and your travelers stay safe during this pandemic.