AirTamer Travel Air Purifier

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Typically, I’m all too happy to touch things in public places and then put my fingers in my mouth, but the airplane is where I draw the line. Confined space, large numbers of people and, ugh, their children, recycled air…even though they look like hypochondriac tool bags, I can’t really blame those who wear surgical masks and douse their immediate surroundings in Purell when they fly. I’m too lazy to do the anti-bacterial gel wipedown, and my face is far too dashing to cover with something that looks like a diaphragm, but I could definitely go for an AirTamer.

The travel-sized AirTamer won’t kill the cooties on tray tables and seat backs, but its electrostatic purification powers will remove the contaminants from up to 439 cubit feet of air per hour. Without the assistance of a filter and without making any noise. Which is more than I can say for the chronic snorer with the bag of Popeye’s fried chicken who inevitably ends up in the seat next to me. AirTamers clean the immediate vicinity of atomic-sized pollutants (e.g., viruses, bacteria, pollen, dust) by emitting a constant stream of negative ions that push the offenders out of wearers’ personal space. Units, powered by 2 lithium coin cell batteries, can run continuously for up to 180 hours. Perfect for those long flights to Asia and the moon.

Though there is no mention of neutralizing odors, what I would have given for an AirTamer on my fart-soaked flight to DC a couple months ago. Talk about air in desperate need of purification. I won’t repeat myself here…even though I really want to…but for a recount of one of the most unpleasant olfactory experiences of my life, please refer to the last paragraph of the Nanotech Storm Suit writeup.

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