Continuing its battle against COVID-19 and a quest to get back to a sense of normalcy, Long Island MacArthur Airport and Silver Defender have reapplied state-of-the-art antimicrobial film protection on high-touch surfaces inside the airport terminal.
The silver ions in Silver Defender film adhesive react with germ cells to help keep surfaces disinfected. They are harmless to people and pets, officials said.
“Silver Defender guards against germs on high-touch points, and provides another layer of protection for our customers,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said. “As we recover from the serious effects of COVID-19 on the airline industry and society as a whole, we continue to focus on what people need to feel safe and have peace of mind when they return to travel.”
The Islip airport is the first airport in the country to put Silver Defender to work on such surfaces as door handles and elevator buttons. The film adhesives’ germ-fighting action continues for up to 90 days.
Initial installation of Silver Defender occurred during the summer.
“We’re committed to developing a new standard of clean through Silver Defender products and are proud to work closely with Long Island MacArthur Airport on their safety initiatives at such a pivotal time,” said Zeynep Ekemen, managing partner of Silver Defender.
“As travelers return to the skies and our sense of a new normal continues to evolve, it’s more important than ever to maintain best practices that keep our communities safe,” he added.
Airport Commissioner, Shelley LaRose-Arken said MacArthur was also the first airport in the world to activate an air and surface pathogen reduction system that working around the clock in the terminal.
“Additionally, we have traditional cleaning crews using some of the most effective hospital grade products in the industry,” she said. “Our goal is to help create a comfortable atmosphere as our customers return to the skies.”
Airport officials recently added a touchless vending machine for personal protective equipment (PPE) for travelers who need additional cleaning wipes or who wish to purchase hand sanitizer and other products.
“All of these disinfection methods complement the impeccable cleaning and safety measures onboard aircraft,” Carpenter said. “Some of the measures our carriers are using to make customers comfortable include HEPA filters that refresh the air onboard, extra cleaning, temperature checks, open middle seats, and more flexibility with changing travel plans.”
“We are … ready to get back to seeing family and friends, and enjoying travel. The measures the airport and airlines are taking, along with the care and concern of our customers and employees, is helping us move forward together for Long Island,” she added.