On July 8, 2020, an article published in Ottawa business journal was relating about talks that started between Air Canada, Canada's flagship carrier, and Ottawa's Spartan Bioscience "to assess how to employ best " its portable device.
Airlines around the world have taken a financial beating as international borders were closed.
Being able to confirm that no one on board a plane has the coronavirus could significantly help to reassure travellers.
Air Canada and WestJet faced significant backlash earlier this month when they announced they would stop blocking off the adjacent seats, a practice that would make travellers feel safer about flying.
Spartan's redesigned DNA analyzer is a photonics biomedical device to be used by the aviation industry.
This shows the diverse application and far-reach of photonics in different market areas.