(23 July 2021)
The New Zealand Aviation Security Service (AvSec) has
deployed 18 ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection kits from
Smiths Detection to help enhance public health and safety at
airports across the country.
The UV disinfection kits are proven by independent
laboratory tests to eliminate up to 99.9% of microorganisms –
including coronaviruses – found on trays at checkpoints.
They have been installed at Auckland (six units),
Wellington (four units), Christchurch International Airports (six
units), and Dunedin Airport (two units).
“The wellbeing of our passengers and team members
is of topmost priority as our nation defends against the ongoing
global health crisis,” said Ben Smith, Group Manager of
Capability, AvSec. “Smiths Detection’s UV disinfection kits help
ensure that surface contamination and the spread of viruses are
minimised during security screenings, providing a peace of mind to
passengers and airport staff. This ongoing working relationship
with Smiths Detection helps bolster New Zealand’s capabilities in
safeguarding passenger health and safety across airports where AvSec screens, which we see as important in boosting consumer
trust during the gradual recovery and resumption of aviation
The UV kit uses short-wavelength UV light (UVC),
commonly used for disinfection in healthcare and industrial
production to distort the structure of the genetic material and
prevent the viral particles from multiplying or infecting.
kits are shielded with robust metal housing to ensure that
passengers and staff are not exposed to UV light.
came to Smiths Detection with the challenge of fighting against
COVID-19 transmission risks in aviation. Our UVC technology at
checkpoints helps provide a high level of reassurance to
passengers as well as airport staff. I hope we can take our
experience to other airports in the region which are going through
similar challenges and restore confidence in travelling,” said
Jordan Thrupp, Managing Director, Smiths Detection Australia and
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