Are the windows at the airports UV protecting? If it depends, how can I know?

I'm asking as one sometime wait under the sun for a prolonged period of time waiting for the plane to board.

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    Most airports have tinted glass but how much UV protection it affords would vary from airport to airport, as I don't think there are any global legal standards for that. Personally I just avoid sitting in chairs that the sun is shining on.
    – user13044
    Sep 8, 2017 at 3:16
  • @Tom That's probably the best policy :-) Sep 8, 2017 at 4:35

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As far as I know, glass is opaque for UV (partially opaque for near-ultraviolet) and plastic is even more so. This probably means that most of UV is blocked even without any special treatment.

  • Thanks. Are airport windows made of glass, plastic, or something else? Sep 10, 2017 at 8:06
  • @FranckDernoncourt I think that depends on which airport.
    – alamar
    Sep 10, 2017 at 15:40

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