- Airlines are fighting to regain customer trust after shutting down nearly all flights in the initial period of the pandemic.
- Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) is testing a new door with an "elbow doorknob" for its airplane bathrooms, according to CNN.
- The doorknob allows passengers to open the door without touching it with your hands. It was first trialed in Haneda Airport in mid-June.
- For now, the prototype is being tested at Tokyo International Airport with the aim of collecting feedback from travelers.
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After nearly all flights were shut down in the initial stages of the pandemic, airlines are now battling to regain customer trust where travel safety is concerned.
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA), however, is already looking into possible solutions that may boost passenger confidence in airlines.
The airline started trialing a new "elbow-activated" door for its airplanes at Tokyo International Airport (also known as Haneda Airport), according to CNN.
It was first trialed in mid-June.
Though the state of bathroom hygiene aboard aircraft carriers was already a cause for concern for a lot of flyers prior to the COVID-19 health crisis, the pandemic has increased a need for caution around public bathrooms: normally, aircraft toilets are disinfected between uses. Despite this, now more than ever, it may be hard to feel entirely reassured if you do use an airplane toilet mid-flight that it will have been cleaned adequately.
Unfortunately, the lack of space means it's not an easy task to add hygienic modifications to existing spaces.
The doors of airplane toilets usually open inwards — they tend to have small handles instead of knobs, or latches. This usually requires using your hands.