So simple: clear masks can help deaf and anxious passengers

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Airlines around the world require their cabin crew to wear face coverings to help protect them against Covid-19. However, those coverings can make the inflight experience a little less relaxing for passengers when interacting with crew, and make lipreading impossible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The EssentialTech Center at Swiss research institute and university, EPFL has developed a simple but effective solution: a fully transparent mask. The masks will soon be produced on an industrial scale, with a startup named HMCARE handling the marketing, backed with an initial US1.06m of funds to develop the manufacturing process

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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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