You won’t believe what this loo can do
Technology advances know no limits and last week one of the giants of aerospace and defence released details of its self-cleaning loo.
The new lavatory uses Far UV light to kill 99.99% of germs, which is great news for the clean-freaks among us.
The technology means that it is able to sense when the restroom is unoccupied and takes that opportunity to give the whole cubicle a scan-down.
A far cry from the construction of satellites, P-8 Poseidons and 747s the demonstrators can disinfect all surfaces in the cubical within just three seconds. The cleaning system will be offered up to airlines following further study which could see the inclusion of a hands-free door latch.
‘We’re trying to alleviate the anxiety we all face when using a restroom that gets a workout during a flight,’ said Jeanne Yu, who has the awesome job title of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Director of Environmental Performance.
The restroom also comes with all your bog-standard features (ahem) including a hands-free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap, toilet lid and seat, and a hand dryer.
We all know that feeling, the dread of visiting a bathroom on a long haul flight when there is a queue of characters in front of you with visibly varying levels of hygiene. Or when you have kicked your shoes off but forgotten to put them back on before you reach the bathroom!
According to Yu, the UV sanitisation also helps eliminate odours. A blessing all-round.
While this technology is clearly in its infancy it is certainly not something to be pooh-poohed.