Germs and microbes that lurk on airplane seats are a major source of infectious diseases. Most of these germs remain in various places on airplanes, despite the high altitude, temperature changes, air pressure and cleanliness of airline equipment. These germs survive in spite of even cleaning with uv lights and other commonly used cleaners. They live everywhere on an airplane, from the blankets you wrap yourself in, the front seat pocker, seats, tables, seat belts, carpets, windows and toilets.
Studies consistently show that almost everything inside an aircraft cabin is infested with bacteria and viruses. In this study on Transmission of infectious diseases during commercial air travel, they explain that: “The 2002 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome demonstrated how air travel can play an important role in the rapid spread of new emerging infections and may even initiate pandemics. In addition to the flight crew, public health officials and health professionals have an important role in the management of airline-borne infectious diseases and should be familiar with the guidelines provided by local and international authorities” (Mangili, 2005, p. 989).
Communicable diseases can be transmitted rapidly through an aircraft. 2.5 square centimetres of a seatbelt buckle can harbour 1,100 viable bacteria and fungal cells, according to a January report that analysed samples taken from a cabin. A 2014 study by Auburn University in Alabama found that MRSA – a superbug resistant to many antibiotic treatments – can live for a week in the fabric of a seat pocket harboured in a small saliva stain. (Vaglenov, 2014).
The quest for germ-free travel has become commonplace among people, as we all seek to protect ourselves from diseases and germs. The return to safe and secure travel is a priority. Copptech, committed to permanently protecting people, has developed the Copptech Microparticle, which permanently eliminates <99.9% viruses, bacteria and fungi in all types of materials in the interiors of airplanes, cars, buses and other means of transport, from the infrastructure to the upholstery.
Copptech is aware that the design of commercial aircraft has hardly changed in decades, and seats have become the focus of comfort. We firmlu believe that innovation should be promoted not only for comfort, but also to achieve protection and a microbe free experience.
The seats of tomorrow’s airplanes will be protected by Copptech. In addition to self-disinfecting, these seats will also eliminate mites and fleas that passengers might bring on board. A safe and eco-friendly technology that protect both passengers and crew members, permanently – 24/7. Safe travel is possible, innovating to protect people should be a priority.
Learn more about Copptech’s solutions for the Airspace and Transport industry on https://www.copptech.com/transport/
(1) Mangili, A., 2005. Transmission of infectious diseases during commercial air travel. Lancet (London, England), 365(9463), 989-996.
(2) Vaglenov, K., 2014. Survival and transmission of selected pathogens on airplane cabin surfaces and selection of phages specific for Campylobacter jejuni (Doctoral dissertation).