Boeing invents a self-cleaning airline lavatory
Good news for airline passengers who get the heebie-jeebies when they walk into an airline lavatory: Boeing has invented a self-cleaning bathroom.
The prototype announced by the aircraft manufacturer uses ultraviolet light that is triggered when the bathroom is unoccupied to kill germs in just three seconds.
The design uses a hands-free faucets, soap dispenser, trash lid and hand dryer, plus a toilet seat that lifts itself so that all the surfaces are exposed to the UV rays.
Boeing said it has filed a patent for the design and plans further study before it can be offered to airlines.
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