Automated aircraft tray table disinfecting system using ultra-violet light
Name and Age of Inventors (at the time of innovation):
Yumna Syeda Ali Shah (16)
Nimra Syeda Ali Shah (14)
Bilal Syed Ali Shah (11)
The aircraft tray table was found to be one of the dirtiest places on the plane. A study in 2015 found it is 50 times dirtier than a toilet flush button. An aircraft tray table has cold viruses, human parainfluenza viruses, norovirus (which can cause diarrhea and vomiting), and the superbug MRSA, which causes skin infections.
For an average aircraft with 300 seats, it will take approximately an hour for airlines to just disinfect all tray tables. Airlines do not have this much time and therefore they silently neglect leaving passengers at the mercy of viruses, bacteria, and germs.
About the Innovation:
Young inventors at DiscoverSTEM have designed an automatic airplane tray table disinfectant system, which uses UV-C light to disinfect the table within just 18 seconds. The light turns on as soon as the passenger latches the table and shuts off when it is opened, to save human exposure to UV-C light.
US Patent Grant Date:
August 30, 2022
United States Patent Publication Number:
Awards & Recognition:
‘Alternate Finalist’ at Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge-2018 held at NASA Kennedy Space Center.