Baggage has been identified as one of the three main vectors of disease transmission in airports. Paul Willis looks at efforts to ensure COVID-19 doesn’t enter – or leave – the terminal along with the luggage

Currently operational in Terminal 3 at Changi, dnata aims to roll out its disinfection system elsewhere at the airport and across Asia in 2021 

Amir Fischer, head of Israeli start-up WarpUV, considers the COVID-19 pandemic to be a watershed moment, akin to 9/11 in the impact it is likely to have on airport standards and practices in the future.

According to Fischer, in the same way that the September 11 attacks ushered in a new era in heightened airport security, the lasting legacy of the pandemic will be a massive upgrade in the technology used to help fight the spread of pathogens in airports and create what he calls “a disinfection firewall.”

Fischer has identified three main vectors of disease transmission within airports that disinfection technologies must address: people, the facilities themselves and passenger baggage.


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