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Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

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A robot disinfecting an airplane's interior.

A robot armed with virus-killing ultraviolet light is being tested on Swiss airplanes.

Credit: Arnd Weigmann/Reuters

A robot developed by Swiss startup UVeya is using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill viruses aboard Swiss passenger planes in a test being conducted with airport services company Dnata in the United Arab Emirates.

The UVeya team has built three prototypes of the robot, one of which co-founder Jodoc Elmiger demonstrated inside a Helvetic Airways jet at Switzerland's Zurich Airport.

One such robot can disinfect a single-aisle plane in 13 minutes.

Dnata's Lukas Gyger said, "We were looking for a sustainable, and also environmentally friendly, solution to cope with [requests to ensure air travelers do not get sick]."

From Reuters
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