Avports today announced a pilot initiative with CleanSlate UV to provide device sanitation stations at Albany International Airport. The chemical-free stations will use UV-C light to sanitize portable items such as phones, tablets, ID badges, watches, keys and small tools. CleanSlate UV will install three devices at the airport for a three week trial period.
Mobile phones can be a vector for viruses and bacteria. As airports continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, hand hygiene is a major focus for staff and passengers who often touch their phones immediately after washing their hands. CleanSlate UV unit has been shown to kill a minimum of 99.995% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in just 20 seconds.
“We’re proud to announce this pilot in concert with CleanSlate UV and Albany International Airport to provide this advanced service to passengers and employees to promote better travel hygiene. Our aim is to keep everyone that passes through our airports safe and healthy as travel continues to recover. We’re proud to offer this pilot at Albany International Airport, an airpot leading the way by pursuing the latest travel technology,” said Jorge Roberts, Avports CEO.
The pilot adds to the efforts of the Avports Safe Hands℠ program to keep spaces sanitized and travelers and employees healthy through the pandemic. All Avports-operated airports have implemented Safe Hands℠ to seek to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Examples of the safety measures include separation barriers at customer-facing desks and counters, touchless hand sanitizing stations, physical distancing signage, self-disinfecting materials at frequently touched surfaces, UVC disinfection technologies, touchless restroom and parking technology, electrostatic spray disinfection for terminal, and PPE vending machines.
In addition to Safe Hands℠ and other strict health and safety protocols, Albany International Airport also recently announced the country’s first self-administered, saliva COVID tests at a commercial airport, provided by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences. Airport employees were the first to use the self-administered test.
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CleanSlate UV is a Buffalo, NY biosafety company that enables fast, safe and chemical-free disinfection of staff and passengers devices. The device takes just 20 seconds to kill up to 99.9998% of bacteria and viruses, sanitizing 3-4 phones in a single cycle. CleanSlate UV is trusted by leading global organizations from top rated hospital systems to five-star hotels. It has been extensively validated via third party testing, academic studies and case studies.
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Avports is the most experienced American-owned and based airport manager and operator, with more than 650 employees and a 94-year track record. Founded in 1927 as the infrastructure division of Pan American World Airways, Avports has operated more than 30 airports, aviation facilities and passenger terminals in the United States, including over 50 years providing airport management services in New York State. Avports currently provides O&M services at Albany International Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, Republic Airport, and Westchester County Airport in New York; Teterboro Airport in New Jersey; Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut; Gary Chicago International Airport in Indiana; Moffett Federal Airfield in California; and Detroit Airport North Terminal in Michigan.