A UK company has introduced a new “personal protection window” it claims will help mitigate safety-related fears about filling airplane middle seats.
The new “personal protection window” isn’t all that revolutionary, but does create an extra layer of protection in the form of a rounded, transparent polycarbonate shield that looks much like the new barriers that have become ubiquitous at grocery stores and restaurants.
RAS Completions, an aircraft interiors company, plans to launch the product later this month after securing final regulatory approval. As the Daily Mail describes it:
“The shield, endorsed by UK GPs, is designed to prevent person-to-person droplet transmission, particularly when used in conjunction with biosecurity measures such as face masks.”
Unlike complicated new seat designs, the “personal protection window” simply hooks on top the side or back of seats (economy or premium economy). It can be easily removed for cleaning as well.
A spokesperson for RAS Completions said:
“The team was inspired to create a solution for struggling airlines following the work we have been doing during the pandemic, converting aircraft for medevac use.
“So far, protection solutions all remove the use of the middle seat, which isn’t a viable, long-term financial option for most airlines.
Our new PPW gives airlines a choice. We want to give people the confidence to return to the skies, and firmly believe this product will help them to feel protected while retaining much of the flying experience they are used to.”
The idea that COVID-19 and other viruses spread through droplet transmission is sound science. Whether this new shield is a helpful tool or gimmick…that’s another story. Too bad it doesn’t have transition glass like the Boeing 787 window to allow annoying seatmates to be more easily ignored…
images: RAS Completions