DFW Airport Installs ‘Smart Bathrooms’ to Stop Spread of COVID-19

Staff Report | DFW Newsflash | December 2020

The threat of catching coronavirus while traveling does not begin on planes, but at the airports. To that end, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport recently installed ‘smart bathrooms’ to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

These bathrooms are equipped with sensors that allow people to enter and exit the facilities without touching a doorknob, and inform the staff when necessities have run out of stock. The new bathrooms also have monitors that tell people how many stalls are available without waiting inside a confined space. The stalls have lights that serve as occupation indicators, so users do not need to touch a door handle or knock. The sensors have multiple programs which can track the number of people going in and out of the bathrooms, monitor the level of toiletry items, and alert cleaning crews when toiletry items are getting low.

The airport will also start upgrading its heat, air and ventilation system with UVC lighting, which the FDA says helps protect against the coronavirus. The airport will continue following their enhanced cleaning procedures and maintain Plexiglass shields at security checkpoints.