Published on : Friday, May 8, 2020
The Atlanta-based carrier Delta Airlines has decided to sanitise every single aircraft at its airports using electrostatic sprayers. The decision has been undertaken with the aim of raising the standards for airline cleanliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delta Airlines said in an official press statement that the spraying technique provides a safe way to clean an aircraft cabin from floor to ceiling. It is equipped to electrically charge and disperse liquid disinfectant in a fine mist that clings to surfaces of a particular flight. The sprayers are capable of sanitising seats, seatback screens, armrests, tray tables, doors, lavatories, and galleys.
The airline first used the sprayer sanitising technique in flights to the U.S. from Asia back during February. As the coronavirus outbreak rapidly spread across the globe throughout March and April, Delta has now decided to expand the procedure across its services.
The disinfectant is capable of combating several infectious diseases, including coronavirus. After application, it also makes the surfaces safe enough to touch immediately. Therefore, it helps to save time for both passengers and crew members as they can avoid long waiting before boarding after the substance is sprayed. The carrier’s cleaning team also goes over an extensive checklist after this process is complete.
Eric Phillips, SVP of airport customer service and cargo, Delta Airlines said in a recent statement that the measures could help its passengers travel with greater confidence. He mentioned that providing a clean and healthy flying experience is a part of the carrier’s commitment to safety and goes beyond meeting customer expectations. He said that the initiative would allow customers to fly with confidence in the fact that the cabin has been sanitised top to bottom on every Delta flight.
He added that customers can also be assured that interior surfaces and common areas have been thoroughly cleaned and Delta team members have confirmed the aircraft meets the cleanliness standards before boarding begins. He also mentioned that he is proud of the teams that are going the extra mile to change what it means for a carrier to be clean.
Reservation centers, airport employee work and break areas, crew lounges, and office spaces are also going through the same procedures. Alongside, cleaning measures the airlines have also blocked the sale of middle seats since April. The company has even decided to block select window and aisle seats in all cabins on aircraft configured with 1×2, 2×2 and 2×3 seating. It has also been declared mandatory for customers to use masks on-board.