Teague, a Seattle-based design and innovation firm, recently debuted a new concept to keep passengers safe from the COVID-19 virus while boarding, called the AirShield. Designed like an airway curtain, the AirShield can be 3D-printed, retrofitted to existing aircraft.
"By utilizing the airflow from the existing overhead air-gaspers, AirShield transforms freshly purified air into engineered 'air-blades' capable of controlling the spread of droplets much more effectively – offering passengers and crew improved protection and peace of mind," Teague explained. This ensures when a passenger coughs or sneezes, the water vapor droplets are safely contained in the passenger's space. They are then re-directed downwards and into the HEPA filtration units to prevent others from breathing in the same air.
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