"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
“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
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."
Excellent. Via Jonathan Spira, who wrote: “Although Covid isn’t really
transmitted via surfaces, eliminating the need to touch what are typically
“high-touch” areas should nonetheless have a positive impact on the spread of
germs and viruses.”
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