On the one hand, the Boeing is developing computer models that simulate the cabin environment to inform airlines about Covid-19 prevention. “We are taking steps to better understand the potential risks“a spokesman said to the Wall Street Journal. The biggest rivals of Airbusinstead, they already have their own engineers at work and are exchanging information with numerous universities in the United States and other locations around the world. The company said it has made progress on new self-cleaning materials, a five-day disinfectant and touchless devices in the bathrooms.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials have been funding research on how to measure and reduce the introduction of fuel and oil vapors into cabins for years, and Boeing said it was looking for new technologies to improve safety, including the use of ultraviolet light as a disinfectant of aircraft between flights, as well as antimicrobial coatings for frequently touched surfaces.
“Impossible to keep the social distance”
Even if the air filters in the cabins are replaced and cleaned much more often, it will be very difficult to protect yourself from a passenger who has a cough. “Social distance is impossible in an airplane“said Qingyan Chen, an engineering professor from Purdue University in contact with Boeing. To limit the infection, the only effective way will be to keep the masks over the duration of the flight.”If everyone wears a mask then there is very little going in the air“said Linsey Marr, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech who works for Airbus.
While waiting to understand what the common line will be, airlines all over the world have intensified their efforts disinfecting bathrooms, tables and seats between flights. The American CDC has warned of the transmission that it can occur by touching contaminated surfaces, even if it is not the primary way of infection.
The IATA (International Air Transport Association), gathering the reports of the crew members of the 18 main airlines, did not find major cases of transmission among passengers, if not four hypothetical cases between January and March and four other cases in which the pilots could have transmitted the virus to another pilot between flights.