JetBlue uses UV-lights to disinfect airplane cabins

Posted by Kyro Mitchell on 31 July 2020

American airline JetBlue is making use of a robotic disinfectant machine and ultraviolet lights [UV light] to disinfect its airplane cabins in just 10 minutes.

The machine, called the ‘Honeywell UV Cabin System‘ uses an ultraviolet-c light (UVC) system that, when properly applied, reduces certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces, according to Honeywell, the company that produces the machine.

The system works by making its way down the airplane aisle, similar to how an airline employee pushes a drinks cart, and shines a UVC light from the cabin floor to the ceiling using two extended arms that stretch out over the seats.

‘Medical studies have found UVC lights capable of reducing certain viruses and bacteria– including SARS CoV and MERS CoV – depending on UV dosage and proper application. No testing has been done specifically as to protection against COVID-19,’ explained Honeywell on its website.

Seeing as the device can be quickly and easily wheeled on and off the airplane, and it only takes 10 minutes to disinfect the entire cabin, the Honeywell UV Cabin System could significantly reduce downtime between flights, according to Travel and Leisure.

JetBlue is currently testing eight of the machines at New York’s JFK Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

‘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,’ said JetBlue’s president and CEO, Joanna Geraghty, in a press release.

Along with the UV Cabin System, JetBlue also has a dedicated COVID-19 safety response programme called ‘Safety From the Ground Up’, which includes a rigorous cleaning routine using electronic sprayers and hospital-grade disinfectants.

Take a look at the Honeywell UV Cabin System in action below:


Image credit: Screenshot from video

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