Travel with Trust

By NoviSphere™ Staff

After being tethered to our multipurpose home/school/work environments for the past year, most of us dream of leaving our houses and getting on a plane to go somewhere…anywhere. But the reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the travel industry.

Figures released by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicate that international tourist arrivals in 2020 decreased by 74 percent, or about 1 billion in total, over the prior year, bringing the industry back to levels not seen in more than 30 years. This decline, and the associated loss of an estimated $1.3 trillion in export revenue, made 2020 the worst year in tourism history. Moreover, experts don’t see travel returning to pre-pandemic levels before 2023.

Airports need better air quality

Citing a Harvard University study, the Washington Post recently noted: “Airports have taken significant steps to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, but challenges remain, including upgrading and enhancing ventilation systems… Unlike airplanes, which are equipped with sophisticated air filtration systems, most airport systems are not. The study recommended that airports work with qualified HVAC engineers to determine how they can augment current systems, particularly in areas where travelers tend to congregate.”

Implementing such measures is vital to impeding airborne transmission of respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), viral particles of which spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the primary circumstances in which airborne transmission can occur include:

  • Enclosed spaces
  • Prolonged exposure to respiratory particles
  • Inadequate ventilation or air handling

Airports can represent a “perfect storm” for these conditions. The airline industry has made great strides in protecting passenger and staff safety, particularly in areas that typically require extended close contact – at ticket counters, in security lines, at baggage claim. Despite these efforts, and the growing availability of vaccines, the prospect of stepping into an airport remains daunting for some would-be travelers.

Making airports safe again

Our compact NoviSphere™ PE 254 pathogen eradicator is a highly effective solution to this challenge. The system can be installed into an HVAC system, hung on a wall or ceiling, or mounted on a cart and moved from one area to another, making it ideally suited for use in various areas within an airport terminal. The system pulls in room air and exposes it to germicidal (254nm) ultraviolet, or UV-C, light arrays sealed inside the unit for the optimal length of time to destroy any pathogens. The system changes room air multiple times per hour, 24/7, so travelers can feel confident that the air they’re breathing is clean and pathogen-free.

UV-C light has long been used in hospitals and other healthcare settings to neutralize pathogens, but using UV-C light safely in highly trafficked indoor areas has been challenging. The NoviSphere PE 254 not only is completely safe, but it has been proven through independent testing conducted at the University of Minnesota to kill 99.99% of germs, bacteria and viruses, including coronaviruses.

The PE 254 system is just the first step. NoviSphere is poised to be the only provider of comprehensive, high-quality, turnkey solutions and services that deliver clean, pure and rarified air environments to people wherever they live work, play – or travel. We look forward to helping passengers once again take to the skies with confidence and trust.