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Germ-busting ‘elbow doorknob’ on trial in Japan

How to open a door without the risk of touching a surface contaminated with the coronavirus is a dilemma facing most of us these days. Well, a Japanese airline has come up with one possible solution – the elbow doorknob.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been trialling the doorknob at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. It works by having two different components to the locking mechanism. One is a sliding lock, which enables the user to lock or unlock the door from the inside. A second door handle allows the user to then push the door open, so they can let themselves out.

ANA says it is at the very beginning of its testing phase and will collect feedback from users before deciding whether to roll out the system.

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