A new personal protection shield created by a British aircraft interior company named RAS Completion will help protect fliers from COVID-19.
According to RAS Completions, the device will be installed in between seats and allows all seats in the airplane to be used. The Personal Protection Window is made of polycarbonate and serves to protect passengers from the spread of the virus through droplets.
The company says the Personal Protection Window will be available to airline companies once approval is granted by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Roger Patron RAS Completions Business Development Manager, told CNN Travel, the device is meant to be a “single product that fits every type of commercial aircraft.”
The main purpose of the design is to protect passengers in the economy section as that is where passengers are closest together although it can be used in all sections.
Personal Protection Window designed to be the simplest and effective way of keeping people safe
The ideas design was created in a way where it would not obstruct emergency protocol and provide maximum protection to passengers.
“Simplicity is the best,” says Patron. “We tried to make them the simplest, effective way of keeping people safe.”
“Our product is very simple to make, it will be cheap, it will do the job — it’s not about the look, although we obviously understand that we want people to feel safe within the cabin.”
Keeping the cost low was crucial to the production of the device because airlines have suffered great financial losses from lockdowns and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Protection Window would be ideally used alongside face masks and hand sanitizer. Patron added that the device is removable in order to adapt to the ever-changing conditions. He continues to tell reporters, the idea has been shown to airlines and some have shown interest, others still remain cautious.
“We see this as a medium, not long-term solution,” he adds. “It has gone through some very rigorous testing, so if the airline needs it for six months or a year then it’s built for that.”