June 21. As more airplanes return to the skies, airports and airlines continue to enforce measures designed to keep passengers as safe as possible while Covid-19 remains a problem.
On a packed airplane, it can be tricky to actually isolate a symptomatic traveler in line with the two-meter distance recommended by global aviation body IATA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That’s what Airbus’ PaxCASE (Passenger Containment Area for Symptomatic Events) concept is intended for — its semi-transparent plastic sheeting encircles a potentially infectious passenger in an isolation bubble. Ingo Wuggetzer, vice president of cabin marketing at Airbus, tells CNN Travel that PaxCASE is designed to either be in a fixed position in the airplane cabin — on a kind of curtain rail — or work as removable sheeting, to be fixed into place on the ceiling by strong tape.
The barrier would encircle one seat row, cutting off three seats — including the one occupied by the symptomatic passenger. The concept has been nominated in the Clean and Safe Air Travel category in the 2021 Crystal Cabin Awards, which focus on the latest trends in airplane interior innovation.
Source: CNN Travel