American Airlines introduces new hygiene standards

Johanna Koyser
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Passenger numbers are falling dramatically worldwide. All airlines throughout the world are working on new measures to increase safety for the remaining passengers in the light of the corona crisis. The world’s largest airline, American Airlines, has now introduced new hygiene standards.

From May 1, 2020, all American Airlines flight attendants will be required to wear face masks. In addition, face masks and hand disinfectants are to be provided to passengers as far as availability permits. Until now, it has only been common practice to subject aircraft to a deep cleaning during a longer stop. This is now also to be done between all mainline flights. Cleaning and disinfection measures will also be extended accordingly for regional flights. According to their claim, American Airlines thus manages to maintain a hygiene standard in their aircraft that corresponds to that of a hospital. Because in addition almost all American Airlines aircraft are equipped with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. These make it possible to change the air in the aircraft up to 30 times within one hour.

However, hygiene standards are not only adapted and raised in the aircraft themselves. American Airlines also cleans and disinfects all areas under its management at the airport. This includes gate areas, counters, baggage services and staff rooms. Furthermore, the airline ensures that social distancing is easily possible.

All adapted hygiene standards are intended to guarantee passengers the safest journey possible. Of course, American Airlines is not the only airline to change its operations accordingly. Nevertheless, we believe that American Airlines can be named as the world’s largest company serving this purpose in an exemplary manner. After all, it is particularly important to take the appropriate measures in such confined spaces as in an aircraft.

Picture © Miguel Ángel Sanz

by Johanna Koyser

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