JetBlue uses UV cleaning system in aircraft cabins

Johanna Koyser

Hygiene in aircraft cabins has always been an important issue in aviation. Many people meet in a small space and the time between landing and take-off is usually very short. In order to be able to carry out thorough cleaning in this short time, many concepts have been developed in recent years. However, in view of the Corona Pandemic, the importance of interior hygiene has increased once again. In a pilot project, JetBlue is now testing Honeywell’s new UV cleaning system, which could be a solution to the problem.

In less than ten minutes, the UV cleaning system should clean and disinfect the entire aircraft cabin. The method sounds relatively simple. The Honeywell UV Cabin System is about the size of the well-known beverage trolleys. On the sides are extendable arms with built-in UV-C light sources. These extend over the seats of the cabin. The trolley is then pushed once through the entire cabin in the centre aisle to treat all surfaces with UV-C light. Clinical studies have found that ultraviolet light significantly reduces the contamination of surfaces with certain viruses and bacteria. This also applies to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Initial tests carried out with SARS-CoV-2, the virus pathogen of COVID-19, show that UV-C light can also lead to inactivity of the virus in these cases.

JetBlue tests UV cleaning system for 90 days

In any case, Honeywell’s UV cleaning system does not replace conventional cleaning and disinfection methods. It is an additional cleaning step that will be thoroughly tested by JetBlue over the next 90 days. JetBlue travellers who fly from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during this time are very likely to travel in UV-C light cleaned cabins. If further studies confirm the effectiveness of the UV Cabin System, it would be a great asset for the industry.

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by Johanna Koyser

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