Airport elevators

Two great ideas for COVID-safe airport elevators

Airports everywhere are doing whatever they can to make their terminals safe and sanitary for your safety.

In addition to cleaning systems for handrails on stairways and escalators, some airports are also trying out new ways to bring a touchless experience to elevators.

Here’s what two airports, Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) are doing with their elevators.

Let us know which you think is best.

At Tucson International Airport, all five pre-security elevators now have toe-tap buttons.

The buttons are installed to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, but they also seem like they’ll be handy for a wide variety of situations.

And at Toronto Pearson, the route to a touchless elevator ride is a bit more high tech.

The airport is testing a system that lets riders operate the elevator from their smartphones.

Users download an app that has an elevator button interface that can be used instead of the physical elevator buttons to select a destination.

Of course, you could use a tissue, a key, or an elbow to push the button on an airport elevator – or any elevator. But why do that when you can use a toe-tap or an app?

Cool new COVID-fighting airport amenities

Airports are rolling out new COVID-fighting amenities faster than we can keep up with them.

Here are few I’ll be talking about this week during the virtual Travel 2021 Summit taking place on October 7 and 8.

We’ll be talking about airports and airlines on Thursday at 10 a.m. east coast time.

The line-up includes lots of experts talking about what’s going in travel now – and what might happen in the near future. Registration is free.

Use your toes in the elevators at Tucson International Airport

At Tucson International Airport (TUS), elevators are now touch-free. Thanks to the addition of toe tap buttons.

Free gadget cleaning at Toronto Pearson International Airport

It looks like a copy machine. But if you put your gadgets in these machines at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) they will get zapped by a UV-C light that destroys novel coronavirus cells.

24-hour kiosk stocked with essentials at Edmonton Int’l Airport

This self-serve Rexall Drug Store machine at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has 85 different items.

Long Beach Airport wants you back

Long Beach Airport (LGB) has a new video out to remind travelers that they’ve got outdoor concourses and other amenities that are reassuring for travelers.