Japanese Airline ANA is testing a new feature that will make air travel an altogether more sanitary experience.
Amid the ongoing strains of the pandemic, ANA has created hands-free doors for airplane lavatories. These new state-of-the-art doors will be implemented on 21 domestic flights starting next week.
These doors, which were designed by a partnership of ANA and Japanese aviation company JAMCO, will have use a mechanical spring to allow passengers to open them with their elbows, forearms, or even hips. Once inside, passengers will be able to lock the door, turn on the lights, and reopen the door with a minimal degree of contact, thereby reducing the transition of germs.
“We have continued to invest in the development and implementation of innovative technologies because the health and safety of passengers and our staff is the top priority,” ANA’ senior executive vice president of customer experience management and planning Shinichi Inoue said in a statement. “The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice.”
If the implementation of these doors is a success on domestic flights, ANA intends to start introducing them on international flights as well.
At the moment, foreign travelers are unable to visit Japan, as the country is enduring a surge of COVID-19 cases.