The whole world is trying so hard to make airplanes better that we couldn’t help bringing you this story. Last week we talked about how Senator Charles Schumer was making it his mission to require the FAA to stop shrinking legroom and seat width. Well, now that you’re comfortable, get this…
Boeing has filed a patent for a self-cleaning lavatory that disinfects all surfaces in just three seconds – including seat, sink and countertop – utilizing ultraviolet light.
Boeing plans to use Far UV, which it says is different than the waves used in tanning beds and is not harmful to people.
The design also incorporates a hands-free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap, toilet lid and seat and a hand dryer to decrease the number of surfaces passengers have to touch.
Unfortunately, Boeing says it still needs to study the idea further and even when it’s done and offered to airlines, it could take years for carriers to update their fleet with the new bathrooms.
So don’t hold your breath… unless you’re in an airplane bathroom. Then, hold your breath.
I’m Anna Wells and this is IEN Now.