The Best Inventions of 2020
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November 19, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Even before the pandemic heightened the health risks of air travel, the GermFalcon was preparing to create a cleaner, safer experience for passengers. Roughly the size of a beverage cart, the GermFalcon uses the same UVC disinfection systems as hospitals to sanitize every surface of an aircraft’s interior before passengers board. While it has not yet been tested against COVID-19—a disease that spreads more frequently via the air than via infected surfaces—the GermFalcon has been effective against SARS and MERS, two other members of the coronavirus family. Dimer, the company that created the appliance, recently announced the next step in its flight path: a global partnership with Honeywell International Inc., and, soon, an updated version of the product. —Simmone Shah

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