As the travel industry continually implements new measures to reassure travelers in the midst of the pandemic, hand sanitizing stations have cropped up everywhere at airports. But what if you’d like to clean something else, like your glasses or grungy mobile phone (or the car keys you dropped on the parking garage floor on your way into the terminal)?
Opticwash has made the leap from eye doctor offices to airports as health officials look for safe and easy ways to bring fliers a little peace of mind.
“With Covid still at large in our country, many are fearful of flying,” said Opticwash CEO Bryan Myers. “Not everyone has the luxury of staying at home. Some have to travel for business or help with loved ones, and our airports are doing their best to ease their fears.”
The freestanding, self-service Opticwash machine looks a little like a water bottle filling station. However, instead of putting your bottle in, you can insert your smudged glasses, dirty car keys, water-resistant phones, and more for a quick sanitize and shiny clean look.
According to Opticwash, the machine uses ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and reverse-osmosis water to clean and disinfect items in less than two minutes with no chemicals or heat. The process removes fingerprint smudges, oily residue, makeup and dust, as well as killing 99 percent of all bacteria, plus 99.9 percent of pathogens, viruses and molds.
The cost is $3, and the machine accepts cash, credit, debit, and smartphone wallet payments. There are Opticwash units at work now at New York JFK, Indianapolis International, LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal, Myrtle Beach International and Asheville Regional airports.