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]."
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