Airports will have to adapt in the coming months. Nearly 200,000 daily travelers transited through Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport before the pandemic. HKIA airport is currently testing new technologies such as automated robots, antimicrobial coatings and sanitation channels.
For the past decade, Self-service solutions helped increase passenger flow. These days, self-service processes will need to evolve to reduce the risk of contamination.
Existing nanotechnologies make it possible to create self-cleaning films. They can be used on touch screens ofself-service terminals or on scanner guns to reading bar codes. Nanoseptic, a company among others, is now out of stock.
Cities around the world are testing UV sanitation for public transportation and some airports are doing the same to find effective ways to sterilize all baggage bins and passenger touch points.
The way things are done in high traffic areas will change considerably over the next year. Research and innovation are essential.