Flying germaphobes rejoice, Boeing have just signed a patent to create the world’s first self cleaning toilet in the air which can kill 99.9% of bacteria in just three seconds.
This is great news as one can only imagine how grimy things can get when several hundred people share one tiny lavatory. The new bathroom technology will use UV light technology to disinfect the bathroom between sessions. Developers of the system say that three seconds is all it will take for the intense UV light to eradicate just about one hundred percent of germs and odours.
Boeing director Jeanne Yu told said that the company is “trying to alleviate the anxiety we all face when using a restroom that gets a workout during a flight.”
Self-cleaning toilets are of course nothing new on the ground. Paris and London already have these systems in place at single-occupancy public toilets called ‘sanisettes’ or ‘superloos’. The wash cycle is a little slower at sixty seconds between sessions but this is where Boeing will pick up the slack. The aircraft company will work on a faster and more efficient system which is designed to cope with the high demand from onboard flight.
And now for the bad news. The technology is still a fair bit away with Boeing saying that they first need to study the technology to ensure its viability on their aircraft. Drawing out the implementation phase even longer will be Boeing’s desire to add hands-free faucets, automated toilet seats and touch-free hand dryers into the bathrooms.
All good things take time, we suppose. We just hope they’re not full of crap.