Inflight magazines gain antimicrobial protection


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.”

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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