From UV technology to Shoe Sanitizer Mats: Delhi Airport gears up to ensure passengers’ safety

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, the Delhi airport has also stepped up its efforts, using state-of-the-art technology, including handheld torches, mobile towers, and baggage tunnels that deploy UV rays, in order to disinfect the surfaces, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said.

As the Indian government is reviewing the airport’s preparedness for the resumption of commercial flights, this is likely to be the new normal at the Delhi airport, according to sources.

To review the IGI airport’s preparedness, even a joint team of DIAL, CISF, DGCA, AAI, and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security Office has visited there, according to reports.

In a statement, DIAL said, “DIAL has been working round the clock during this COVID-19 crisis with the sole aim of keeping its passengers safe at any cost.”

“Since trolleys and baggage of the passengers can be a medium of the spread of the infection, DIAL has developed a number of UV technology based machines and similar disinfection tunnels that will help disinfect various touchpoints of the passengers,” it added.

Have a look at some technology-driven and unique facilities installed at the Delhi Airport:

  • Handheld disinfection torches will be used to disinfect desktop, laptops and other devices.
  • Shoe sanitizer mats have been placed at strategic places, to disinfect the shoes of the passengers. It is worth mentioning that shoes can also be a potential carrier of the deadly contagion.
  • Mobile disinfection towers
  • Sensor-based taps in washrooms
  • Foot-operated sanitiser dispensers
  • Sensor-based drinking water fountain
  • A live CCTV feed of the UV scanning process
  • A passenger trolley disinfection system

This move comes at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is rising at an unprecedented rate.

It is to be noted here that India has been under lockdown since March 25 to combat the spread of coronavirus, which has so far infected more than 67,000 people and killed over 2,200 in the country.

Maharashtra, with over 22,000 confirmed cases, is the worst-affected state so far due to the deadly contagion.

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