Global threat detection and screening specialists Smiths Detection has announced the launch of ultraviolet light kits capable of destroying up to 99.9 per cent of microorganisms on baggage trays at security checkpoints.

The kits will help airports to demonstrate improved hygiene procedures which help provide longer-term protection against bacteria or viruses. Improved measures will help restore the confidence of passengers and staff both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

System protects staff and passengers from transmission of disease

Smiths Detection UVC kits automatically disinfect trays as they are being transported from the reclaim area back to the divest station. This helps protect passengers and staff from tactile transmission of contagious disease as they pass through security checkpoints at airports. The UVC lights are contained within specially designed casing along with other safety measures. They pose no exposure risk to staff or passengers and can be installed quickly and easily into existing tray handling systems.

UVC already proven in healthcare and food sectors

The technology has been successfully used for a number of years for the disinfection of surfaces in industries with high hygiene requirements, such as the food and health sectors. Using UVC at checkpoint security will reduce the risk of contamination and reassure passengers and staff about the safety of the security process.

Global Director Aviation, Richard Thompson, said: “A trusted advisor within the industry, Smiths Detection has been working with airports globally to deliver necessary enhancements to their infrastructure that can be made in response to the pandemic.”

“UVC lights are a practical, straight-forward way that airports can help reduce the transmission of any bacteria or virus that might be on the surface of its trays now and in the long-term.”

Trials of the solution are already underway at airports and the system is available immediately for installation with short lead times.

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