Disney World and places all over the world put quite a few things into practice to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including mask requirements, more access to hand sanitizers and hand washing stations, sanitization of certain areas, and more.
Now, one airport in Florida is stepping it up a notch and utilizing a ROBOT to kill germs in the air and on surfaces.
As the CNBC video explains, the robot uses ultraviolet-C light to kill germs both in the air and on surfaces, including coronavirus.
The light that comes from the robot for the disinfection is so strong that it can only be used when people aren’t around. The robot actually has sensors on it that will shut its powerful lights off if it detects that a person is near, in order to protect guests from UV exposure.
According to NBC Miami, the robot can move autonomously around the airport once it’s been properly programmed and has “mapped” spaces. A human operator will make sure people are away from spaces the robot is sanitizing and can monitor the robot’s progress through a tablet.
The robot can actually disinfect the entire interior of the Key West International Airport in just 2 1/2 hours!
Richard Strickland, the director of airports for the Keys’ Monroe County, Florida, said that passengers should know that the airport is making every possible effort to protect them.
Check out the full video of this cool robot below.
According to NBC Miami, Key West International Airport is one of the first airports to get one of these sophisticated units, made by UVD Robots, which provides non-chemical disinfection. The robot was demonstrated on Wednesday, and the manufacturer’s representatives should be done with programming and airport staff training by early next week.
Airport officials will, however, continue to use other efforts like manual disinfection and mask requirements to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
We’ll be interested to see if something like this starts being utilized at more spaces and airports, like Orlando International Airport, in the future.
As the situation with the global pandemic continues to develop, we’ll be on the lookout for any key updates or changes which might impact your trip to Disney. Check back with us for all the latest!
Orlando International Airport will begin offering COVID-19 rapid tests soon. Check out the details by clicking here.
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