Boeing-developed portable wand will inactivate viruses and bacteria on airplanes
We’re proud to announce that Boeing has entered into a patent and technology license with Healthe Inc. to sanitize airplane cabins with UVC 222 wand. This effort is part of Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative (CTI), which was established to support and enhance the safety and well-being of passengers and crews during the pandemic.
“The UV wand is designed to be more effective than similar devices. It quickly disinfects surfaces on an airplane and further strengthens other layers of protection for passengers and crew,” said Mike Delaney, leader of Boeing’s CTI efforts.”Boeing spent six months transforming an idea for the wand into a working model and Healthe will now take that prototype and make it available to the world at large.”
Healthe will produce the commercial wand and distribute it to airlines and others as early as late fall. The device is an addition to the thorough sanitizing and protective measures already in place at Boeing, which include the use of High Efficiency Particulate Air filters that trap more than 99.9% of particulates and prevent them from re-circulating back into the cabin.
“We are proud to be assisting Boeing as they work with their partner airlines to enhance in-cabin plane sanitization efforts. This could also benefit schools, hospitals, offices, wherever pathogens go,” said Abe Morris, Healthe Executive Chairman. “As we ramp up deployment of our cutting-edge UVC and Far-UVC 222 light solutions across many sectors, this new commercial grade wand will be another powerful tool in the sanitization arsenal to protect passengers against the spread of harmful viruses.”
The self-contained UV wand apparatus resembles a carry-on suitcase and uses 222 nanometer UVC light, which research indicates effectively inactivates pathogens. Crews can comfortably pass UV light over all high-touch surfaces and sanitize everything the light touches. The UV wand is particularly effective in compact spaces and can sanitize a flight deck in less than 15 minutes. The mission of Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative is to be a leader in the global effort to provide passengers and crew a safe, healthy and efficient travel experience. As part of CTI, Boeing solicited feedback from multiple industry sources, which aided in the quick validation of the new technology. Etihad Airways was first to evaluate the UV wand on the Etihad 787-10 ecoDemonstrator airplane on Aug. 21.
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