KLIA disinfects arriving baggage with UV tunnels

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) has started disinfecting arriving baggage with its new automatic ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system as part of its continuous efforts to curb Covid-19.

The new facility, comprising UV bulbs installed in an enclosed tunnel within the baggage handling system (BHS), disinfects baggage automatically as it passes through the conveyor system. Two out of four tunnels have been successfully installed and the remaining tunnels are expected to be completed next month.

Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, group chief executive officer of Malaysia Airports, said, “We have been investing heavily into UV technology because the ultraviolet short wavelength has been proven to effectively eliminate surface contaminants such as mold, bacteria and other microbial biofilms. Last year, for our washrooms, we installed the UV Chamber (UVC), which produces UV light to interrupt the transmission of infectious airborne pathogens. We are continuing our efforts with these UV tunnels to further mitigate the risk from infectious airborne microbial contaminants not only for passengers but also for the ground staff handling the baggage.

“As an airport operator, it is important for us to ensure the overall passenger experience is handled with care by considering the multiple touchpoints of the journey. With this new UV technology in place, passengers can be assured of their safety when collecting their clean and sanitized bags at the reclaim area. We are currently undergoing a major asset upgrading exercise for the BHS and the UV disinfection tunnels are new permanent features of it.”


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