Most airlines removed their inflight magazines in 2020, as a hygiene precaution against SARS-CoV-2. However, the popular Hemispheres monthly inflight magazine will soon be found in seatback pockets again thanks to antimicrobial technology.
Ink Global, the publisher of Hemispheres, has signed a deal with Addmaster, for its Biomaster antimicrobial technology to be incorporated within the paper coating. This coating – also used by MGR Foamtex in its passenger upholstery systems, and Muirhead and Scottish Leather in their cabin hides, continually works to prevent the growth of micro-organisms on surfaces, effectively reducing contamination levels.
According to Addmaster, independent laboratory tests found that the UV cover coating used on Hemispheres magazine demonstrated a 99.99% reduction in microbes.
Karl Shaw, Addmaster’s marketing manager stated, “Passengers were understandably
nervous about handling well-thumbed magazines, but a Biomaster coating makes
paper products exposed to high-touch volumes more hygienic without affecting the
appearance or performance of the paper itself.”