ANA Unveils ‘World’s First’ Hands-Free Lavatory Doors

By Kurt Stolz on 28 April 2021
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A lavatory on board an ANA 787 Dreamliner

All Nippon Airways said it had developed and would install what it termed the “world’s first” hands-free lavatory door system.

The doors are designed to reduce physical contact with high-touch surfaces while onboard aircraft, which in turn would limit the potential spread of harmful pathogens.

“The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient,” said Shinichi Inoue, the airline’s senior executive vice president for customer experience, referencing the airline’s Care Promise, a commitment to preventing the spread of Covid-19.

The first planes with the new system will operate domestic flights starting May 1.

The new system replaces the traditional lock inside the lavatory with a lock opened by the passenger’s elbow.  The airline has created new signage to assist passengers in the use of the new locking mechanisms.

ANA plans to install the new lavatory doors on 11 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, two 787-9 Dreamliner jets, and eight Boeing 777-200 jetliners, with an eye towards installing the system on all domestic and international aircraft in the future.

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