Are you tired of contracting contagious diseases on a plane? Although, air travel remains the safest and fastest way to travel, passengers may be transmit infectious diseases during travel. It is no wonder why more people choose to travel by air. Unfortunately, with that comes the potential for transmission of diseases between passengers before, during and after flights. Infections may arise naturally in epidemics or by other means like in Fear the Walking Dead Flight 462. The prevalence of air travel between continents has increased the potential spread of these infections from local “hot spots” more quickly than before. In order to limit and contain diseases Boeing conceptualized an infectious disease detection system (IDDS).
An IDDS to Identify Contagions
Managing the filters and re-circulation of air in aircrafts may decrease transmission of infectious diseases. Inhalation, skin contact with airborne particulates, by direct physical contact between people or objects, and other mechanisms transmit these diseases. The use of filters and increased introduction of fresh air may reduce the transmission of infectious diseases within a passenger cabin.
Airports may use mechanisms to detect and reduce the number of contagious conditions in passenger areas the transmission of infectious diseases; costs, personnel issues, and social issues are present. Boeing inventors designed the IDDS to take into account some of issues that occur when contagions are present. The system uses various sensors that detect contagion levels of a disease and alert a management system if those levels indicate that a severely infectious disease is present. But how does the management system can catch those of us that respawn as zombies (or glitches) in the virtual universe?
How the IDDS Prevents Disease Transfer
Through the use of filters and a variety of sensors, the IDDS can determine whether a contagious condition is present in passenger areas. Contagious conditions are said to include: presence of bacteria, pollen, viruses, and other airborne particulates. A sensor system may include audio sensors, video cameras, infrared sensors and air analysis systems. The IDDS uses an analyzer system to identify viruses, e.g., the Ebola virus, tuberculosis, and even the common cold. The analyzer is great because it can even detect the body temperature and symptoms associated with common or rare and communicable diseases.
Although the IDDS is mostly hardware, airports may incorporate software that adjusts airflow, light, and maps passenger movement may be .
The Wrap Up
Boeing filed for the ‘227 Patent in 2011. Which means the IDDS should arrive at an airport near you before the zombie apocalypse, hopefully.
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