The Incheon International Airport in Korea has developed a smart system that automatically disinfects the luggage of incoming passengers.
The system will be installed on the tunnels of the conveyor lines in the arrival area and disinfect baggage through the ultraviolet disinfection method UV-C before passengers claim them.
The UV-C treatment uses a wavelength of under 280 nanometres, a level harmless to the human body.
The first system is slated for installation at the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 by later this year, with 33 other facilities within the airport to get it by next year.
The Incheon airport began developing the system with its domestic partners to create smart antiviral infrastructure for the post-COVID-19 era. The Korea Testing and Research Institute has also approved the system for its sterilisation capacity.
The coronavirus has been a woe for the airline industry in Korea. In line with the fall in global air travel, air passenger traffic has fallen 68% in 2020 with international passengers plummeting close to 90%.