A near-term solution with long-term health advantages.
AirShield is a cabin-air safety device that re-purposes the airflow from the existing overhead air vents to create protective air barriers around and in-between each passenger in an airplane cabin.
Like the air curtains installed in the entryways of restaurants or retail outlets during winter months, this laminar profile of airflow creates a barrier around each seat that disrupts the normal circulation of air. When a passenger breathes, coughs, or even sneezes, the water vapor is contained within that passenger space and is immediately redirected downwards and out of the cabin to the HEPA filtration units before it has the opportunity to enter the personal space of a neighboring passenger.
AirShield works alongside existing cabin airflow infrastructure to restrict the spread of exhaled particles. The device's nozzle design is inspired by industrial air-knives' geometry with nozzle-tips that harness the 'Bernoulli principle,' drawing in the surrounding cabin air and doubling the resulting airflow. Developed in partnership with three of the world's leading airlines, AirShield easily integrates into existing cabin architecture, with each implementation customized based on PSU geometry, cabin styling, and seating layout.
Designed to be visible at all times and from anywhere in the airplane cabin, AirShield acts as a visual cue for passengers, making them feel more comfortable and more confident while flying.