Germfalcon® Protects Passengers & Crew from Germs left behind on Airplanes.

Germs travel by plane.

Germs survive on
airplane surfaces.

Airlines don't have an
efficient way to sanitize.

What is the GERMFALCON?

The Germfalcon robot is fully autonomous and built in the footprint of a flight attendant’s trolley. Equipped with Ultraviolet “C” lights, the Germfalcon disinfects all commonly touched surfaces of the passenger cabin with a proven 99.99% germ kill rate. Treatment time is about 20 minutes for a 30 row aircraft.

How Germfalcon Works

  • Autonomously navigates and sanitizes seating area, galleys, and lavatories.
  • UVC rigged trolley body & “wings”.
  • Wings variably extensible for specific seating configurations.
  • Powered by swappable battery.
  • Top mounted lamps sterilize overhead bins and galleys.
  • Strategically placed fans sterilize air/particles.

    About UVC

  • UVC known and proven effective germicidal function over 40 years.
  • Used in hospital operating rooms, microbiology labs, and patient rooms.
  • Used in HVAC and water germicidal applications.

Meet the GERMFALCON Team

Company Overview

Germfalcon is the first efficient, realistic solution to disinfecting the passenger cabin of aircrafts. Based in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg developed the Germfalcon with public health concerns in mind. Airlines do not currently employ regular sanitation procedures. Deep cleanings are done a few times a year, but specific methods are undisclosed. Prior to Germfalcon’s conceptualization, there was not a reasonable way to disinfect the passenger cabin. Dr. Kreitenberg became familiar with UV-C through a successful career as a physician. UV lights are commonly used in operating rooms for surface and air sterilization. Dr. Kreitenberg, became a frequent air traveler when his two children chose to attend college on the East Coast and he and his wife regularly flew across the country for visits. From his travels, Dr. Kreitenberg became curious about standards held by the airline industry to provide a clean environment for the passengers. The doctor was shocked to learn that there were no uniform standards nor were there effective options available. The son of a plumber, and a successful tinkerer, Dr. Kreitenberg developed the Germfalcon.


The Germfalcon team believes it has effectively solved a previously unaddressed, but popularly recognized issue. In the short term, routine sanitization may be a distinct competitive advantage for early adopters, with other airlines quickly folowing the trend. In the long run, routine airplane sanitization can have a quantifiable impact on the rate germs and diseases spread around the world. Germfalcon will be the standard disinfection method across the airline industry, with a sanitzing robot stationed at every passenger gate in the world.

Dr. Arthur Kreitenberg

Inventor, Founder & CTO

Dr. Kreitenberg holds seven U.S. Patents, and Germfalcon is his second using Ultraviolet light. In 1991, Dr. Kreitenberg was a finalist in NASA’s U.S. Astronaut selection program. He is a 25-year Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, with degrees from UCLA and UC San Diego. Dr. Kreitenberg serves as a professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine and is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association and AIAA Life Sciences Technical Committee. He is currently a full-time orthopaedic surgeon in private practice.

Elliot Kreitenberg

Co-Founder & CEO

Elliot recently earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics at Skidmore College. He currently runs day-to-day operations for Dimer LLC and Germfalcon. Mr. Kreitenberg has experience in management and business operations.


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  • Harvard University Report studying effect of Airline Travel on Inter-Regional Influenza Spread in the US. Study

  • CDC Sponsored Report studying respiratory illness statistics among flight attendants compared to the general ground-based working population. Study

  • Auburn University Report studying germ survival on shared airplane surface. Study

  • Germfalcon Passenger Survey Report from 1200 Respondents at LA Times Travel Show, Jan. 2014. Study

  • Germfalcon Table Comparing Efficacy of Known Disinfectants in an Airplane setting. Study
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Several airlines have expressed interest, although some others pretend germs on airplanes are not a problem. We are building our new model and Beta tests are scheduled. When we launch, it will be safe, effective....and awesome.
    No. Airlines try to maintain a clean appearance to minimize customer complaints. Clean does not assure disinfection. Multiple studies have shown levels of tray table contamination equivalent to a gym floor. In fairness, until the Germfalcon, the airlines have had no effective and efficient way to sanitize cabin surfaces.
    The Germfalcon does not use chemicals. The Germfalcon shines Ultraviolet "C" light at a wavelength of 254 nanometers that instantly disables DNA and RNA, ceasing all germ functions. The Germfalcon automation and safety features prevent potentially harmful exposure to humans. UVC does not penetrate surfaces, including plastic and glass.
    Our design wizards are perfecting those applications and more.
    Yes. Independent scientists have published studies (available upon request) showing the effectiveness of UVC on all relevant viruses and bacteria at doses delivered by the Germfalcon. Because the kill mechanism is completely different than antibiotics, there is no known risk of creating UVC resistant superbugs.
    Ideally, after every flight or two. Because many germs survive up to a week on airplane surfaces, we recommend Germfalcon use at least once per 24 hour cycle.
    About 20 minutes, but It depends on the size of the airplane and the level of sanitization desired. Our studies show a minimum 99.99% kill rate at a robot speed of 3 rows per minute. A greater kill rate can be achieved by simply slowing the robot's speed. We also recommend one pass with the tray tables, arm rests, window shades and overhead bin doors down and a second pass with all up for complete surface disinfection. Two aisle aircrafts will employ multiple Germfalcons or extended treatment times.
    Read the label on those wipes. Most require the surface to stay wet for several minutes to achieve a 99.9% kill (The Germfalcon is 10x better than that). Imagine doing that to every surface of an airplane, including the galley and lavatories. Wipes are a good idea for an individual passenger, but don't ever expect that from an airline. Residues, allergic reactions, odors, flammability are all real concerns for any sort of chemical disinfection.
    If you're serious, contact us.

    Let's Talk

    For GERMFALCON questions and media inquiries:
    (562) 754-6260

    Elliot M. Kreitenberg, CEO

    Los Angeles, California
    Germfalcon is a Division of Dimer, LLC