You shouldn’t be blamed if you don’t want to use the lavatory while flying. It’s definitely not safe to share the restroom with a couple of hundred people of unknown hygienic standards. And it won’t be cleaned properly until the plane touches the ground. However, you can’t just stop flying for fear of catching a plague from a fellow passenger. Boeing can understand your tension and it has exactly the perfect solution for you. The company has designed a self-cleaning lavatory that it claims to kill 99.99% germs in just three seconds.
“We’re trying to alleviate the anxiety we all face when using a restroom that gets a workout during a flight,” said Jeanne Yu, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Director of Environmental Performance.
The concept is quite simple. After each visit to the lavatory, the motorized toilet seat will lift upright just to make sure it’s exposed, and the self-cleaning system will emit a flash of ultraviolet light that is said to be able to kill nearly every germ in the room. this ultraviolet light will only activate when the lavatory is unoccupied, pairing with soap dispensers, hands-free faucets, trash flaps, toilet seats and lids, hand dryers, and even door latches to keep the room as clean as possible. The prototype will also come with a vacuum vent system that is designed to disinfect the floor.
“Some of the touchless features are already in use on some Boeing airplanes today,” said Jeanne Yu. “But combining that with the new UV sanitizing will give passengers even more protection from germs and make for an even better flying experience.”
You may think what if the ultraviolet ray causes any harm. Boeing says you don’t need to worry as they are using ultraviolet rays different from those used in tanning beds.
However, the ultraviolet lights won’t clean toilet seats of flecks of urine, or any other residue common in public washrooms. So, for the truly sanitary bathroom experience, you still have to wipe away the residue by yourself. Anyways, at least, it’s good to know that Boeing is taking steps to make the germophobes comfortable in the washroom. The concept is still a prototype, so don’t expect this smart toilet on your next flight.