The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a wave of innovation when it comes to new sanitation measures. Airlines and airports specifically are creatively finding new ways to give guests a safer travel experience and the peace of mind to actually book a trip. JetBlue, for example, has already started using a new robotic disinfectant machine that claims to clean the whole cabin in under 10 minutes with the aid of UV light.
The Honeywell UV Cabin System shines a UV light from the ceiling to the floor and works up and down the aisle. The system disinfects high-touch areas like the bathroom and is designed to thoroughly clean the cabin in 10 minutes or less.
UV lights are thought to be able to reduce viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19, though no testing has yet been completed. The ease of wheeling the machine on and off the aircraft means the entire disinfecting process can be done quickly, greatly reducing downtime between flights.
In a press release, president and COO of JetBlue Joanna Geraghty said, “As we look to add additional layers of protection by utilizing cutting-edge technology, we have identified the Honeywell UV Cabin System as a potential game changer when it comes to efficiently assisting in our efforts to sanitize surfaces onboard.”
JetBlue is currently testing eight of the UV Cabin Systems at JFK Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport as part of a 90-day pilot program.