The Hong Kong International Airport is testing a new booth that people can walk through that will take their temperatures and disinfect their clothing and bodies. It does not test for the presence of viruses, though, or whether someone is contagious.
[T]hose passing through undertake a temperature check before entering a small booth for the 40-second disinfection and sanitizing procedures.
According to the airport authority, the inside of the facility contains an antimicrobial coating that can remotely kill any viruses and/or bacteria found on clothing, as well as the body, by using photocatalyst advances along with “nano needles.”
…The individual is also sprinkled with sanitizing spray for “instant disinfection” inside the booth, which is kept under negative pressure, an isolation technique used in hospitals and medical centers, to prevent cross-contamination.
Credit: Hong Kong International Airport
Currently the booth is being used on staff who check arriving passengers, and not on passengers themselves. However Hong Kong was at the forefront of checking passenger temperatures remotely as they arrived from abroad after the SARS outbreak.
This is one early look at how airports may adapt to the limit the spread of illness, and just as importantly to give passengers confidence that they are visibly ‘doing something’ to make travel safe.