UK’s first UV security tray treatment installed in Gatwick
The new, highly effective system provided by Smiths Detection sees each tray pass through a covered ‘UV-tunnel’ fixed underneath the hand luggage screening system, as trays exit the scanners, so that every tray is treated immediately before each passenger uses it.
Following a one-month trial on a single security lane in July 2020, with laboratory testing demonstrating a 99.9% microbe disinfection rate, the new system will be rolled out on eight lanes in Gatwick’s North Terminal by the end of this month.
The system uses short-wavelength UV-C light, which laboratory tests show is effective against coronaviruses, including coronavirus and SARS, as the radiation warps the structure of their genetic material and prevents the viral particles from replicating. ■