Yes, so let’s get this straight, airline air quality is dreadful. I can’t help but dead pan stare when someone comes walking down the aisle, sneezing and rubbing their nose. I know, that in the current system, “their” air, will make it’s way directly over to me, becoming my air too. I wasn’t kidding, an invention from a teenager holds the answer to better air and less germs…

As most documentary pieces start, this one will be no different. Raymond Wang is not your average seventeen year old. The avid fan of aviation and travel, and obvious genius, decided that he too hated being forced to breath tainted air on a plane; and unlike myself who could only take to the pen to complain, the high school senior developed a piece of plastic which improves airline air quality. Ok, an improvement is a huge understatement.

Raymond’s design doubles the amount of fresh air available on an airplane while making the transmission of airborne disease and illness 55x less likely. Currently most air comes down from a central point in the cabin and simply swirls around all passengers feet and faces without ever refreshing, like a disgusting tumbleweed. The essence of Wang’s design is that more air will come down to passengers individually, creating a less shared air flow; but then most importantly, is powerfully pushed all the way out along the floor of the cabin, constantly offering fresh NEW air and creating a bubble like effect. No one likes things that were near their feet flying up to their face. especially when those things are airborne disease and illness particles. The coolest thing? It’s real, it’s ready and it’s already won Raymond Wang 75,000 in an Intel Science Fair. 

Raymond Wang’s design is literally ready to roll off the shelves and he’s even worked on it with defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Come on airlines? It’s a grand per plane! For whatever reason, I find myself particularly susceptible to catching cold on the plane and to this day, in my countless trips to the UK i’ve failed to ever NOT catch a cold. I cannot wait until Raymond successfully launches these air filters commercially (presumably while in college). 


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