March 22. Alongside the X-ray machines that scrutinize luggage at every airport in the world, travelers may soon see machines that provide 99.99 percent disinfection from germs on carry-on and checked bags.
Israeli biohazard disinfection startup WarpUV plans to start delivering AirFort machines this year to help airports contain the spread of bacteria, spores and the viruses that cause the common cold, seasonal influenza, COVID-19 and viruses yet to come. “Biosecurity has become an urgent and critical staple of airport security since the COVID-19 containment shut down the vast majority of air traffic,” said WarpUV CEO and co-founder Amir Fischer, a serial entrepreneur who spent four years in airline and airport security at London’s Heathrow Airport.
WarpUV’s AirFort technology was created and tested in Tel Aviv University’s microbial pathogenesis laboratory headed by professor Anat Herskovits. She also serves as WarpUV’s head of microbiology.
Speed will become essential when the volume of traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels, Fischer said, noting that other luggage disinfecting technologies in the pipeline take up to 30 minutes as opposed to 30 seconds.
Source: Jacksonville Free Press