SEATTLE (CBS) – A trip to the lavatory is one of the least glamorous parts of air travel.
But a new innovation from Boeing means that passengers may soon be able to use a freshly cleaned airplane bathroom every time nature calls – and not have to touch any lavatory surfaces with their hands.READ MORE: Jury Selected In Trial Of Thomas Latanowich, Charged With Killing Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon
The self-cleaning bathroom would use ultraviolet light to kill 99.99 percent of germs after each use in only three seconds.READ MORE: 'This Is Temporary': Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended For Another 2 Months
There’s still more work to be done before these futuristic bathrooms are installed on aircrafts. But Boeing says the cleaning system would be able to lift the toilet seat by itself for a thorough cleaning, and include a hands-free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap, toilet lid and door latch.MORE NEWS: New Quinnipiac Poll Shows President Biden's Job Approval Slip Over COVID Concerns
“We’re trying to alleviate the anxiety we all face when using a restroom that gets a workout during a flight,” a Boeing official said in a statement.