Is air travel safe in a pandemic?

Written by Paul Morris
Founder and CEO, Addmaster (UK) Ltd.

Getting people travelling safely again during the Covid-19 pandemic is a key priority for Governments across the world. 

Hygiene is now front and centre of business thinking and none more so than in the travel sector where companies need to give millions of people peace of mind that they can fly safely.

Over the past few months we has been working with the aviation sector to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses on anything from aircraft seats, tables and walls to luggage trolley and security trays.

Our antimicrobial technology is proven to inhibit the growth of microbes by up to 99.99% and is also highly effective against inactivating viruses on surfaces such as textiles, paper and plastic.*

Collaborations with global specialists are already well underway and further trials are about to start with airports and airlines around the world with a view to mainstream adoption so that there is added protection to air passengers.

Demand for antimicrobials

We have seen a massive surge of enquiries for our Biomaster antimicrobial technology over the past three months and are now in advanced trials with a number of global organisations and new tests are starting every week.

When microbes land on an untreated surface they can easily contaminate the next person that touches that product. However, if they land on an antimicrobial protected surface, silver ions in Biomaster inhibit the growth of bacteria and deactivate viruses, significantly reducing the risk of cross contamination.

This approach has been successfully tested to protect against Norovirus and feline Coronavirus and we believe it will work on Covid-19. Unfortunately, there has yet to be an approved test developed for the latest virus, so we can only base the antiviral efficacy of Biomaster on the fact it has been effective against similar ‘protective lipid coatings’.

Since we won our third Queen’s Award in April we have been ramping up activities to cope with the growth in demand, including increasing production and appointing additional sales resource to deal with enquiries. 

Safe travel

The versatility of Biomaster is proving extremely popular as it can be built into the manufacturing process, applied to existing surfaces via air cured coating or can be sprayed onto textiles.

This means we can offer an immediate solution for airlines and airports, whilst also potentially becoming an important production partner for manufacturers to the sector.

We all want to be able to travel, but it has to be safe. 

You may not realise how many surfaces you touch when travelling through airports and on aircraft luggage trolleys, security trays, numerous door handles, counters, seat tables and armrests.

“Regular cleaning is vital, but Biomaster can be a very powerful ally in protecting passengers when in contact with surfaces.

 *Successful viral testing has been carried out on enveloped and non-enveloped variants. General Biomaster viral claims cannot be made unless products have been tested and approved in advance.


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