Boeing Unveils Self-Cleaning Lavatory Prototype

By Paul Riegler on 4 March 2016
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Soon to be completely germ free.

Soon to be completely germ free.

Boeing announced it has developed a prototype for a self-cleaning lavatory.

The cleaning system, which uses ultraviolet light to kill what the airframe maker says would be 99.99% of germs, would take just three seconds to disinfect all surfaces after each use.

The system uses Far UV light that, unlike UVA or UVB light, is not harmful to people and is activated when the lavatory is unoccupied. The system floods all surfaces in the lav that a passenger might touch, including the toilet seat, sink, and countertop.

Boeing said it has filed for a patent for the lav, which, when combined with touchless features for the sink and toilet, will enhance onboard hygiene. The system also helps eliminate odors.

The Chicago-based company said it is trying to “alleviate the anxiety we all face” when using the lavatory during a flight

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