Pearson Airport implementing new tech that eliminates 99.999 per cent of bacteria


Published October 6, 2020 at 10:53 pm


Toronto Pearson International Airport is adding new technology to keep passengers safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates and maintains Toronto Pearson, announced the deployment of CleanSlate UV Sanitizers, an innovative technology that uses hospital-grade UV light to sanitize objects like cell phones, wallets, keys and other potential germ-carrying items commonly found in airports.

“The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is committed to a science-based approach that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of passengers and airport workers. That starts with using proven technology and expertise, backed by a record of success in the healthcare field,” Deborah Flint, president and CEO of GTAA, said in a news release.

“CleanSlate’s UV technology is another valuable layer of protection in our Healthy Airport transformation, maintaining our commitment to stringent hygiene and sanitation protocols,” she continued.

The sanitizers, which will be installed in 10 different locations throughout the airport, eliminate 99.999 per cent of bacteria found on common, hand-held items—the average phone is covered in 18 times more bacteria than a toilet seat—in just 20 seconds, completely without touching the device.

“We are excited to be a part of the GTAA’s innovative efforts to protect staff and travellers” Taylor Mann, CEO and co-founder of CleanSlate UV, said in the same release.

“As travel restrictions begin to loosen, it’s important that Canadians take all precautions to stop the spread of germs. Hand hygiene has been given the limelight, but hand hygiene stops the moment you touch a dirty phone. This technology ensures clean hands touch clean devices, stopping the chain of infection and protecting Canadian travellers,” he continued.

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