JetBlue continues to adapt amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Like most airlines, safety measures have been forced to change drastically as they resume flights and for JetBlue that has led the airline to turn towards ultraviolet cleaning technology.
According to ABC News, the airline is teaming up with Honeywell to introduce eight UV cabin units at various hubs that would be used to keep aircrafts clean.
“The coronavirus has changed how we all look at health, how we all look at safety and how we all look at hygiene,” Joanna Geraghty, president and COO of JetBlue, said. “I think this is something that is important, customers on board an aircraft knowing that it’s clean, that it’s safe and that it’s healthy air.”
But how does it work?
“It applies UVC light in a very consistent way to all the surfaces inside the airplane — the overhead bins, the seats, the armrest and the window shades,” Honeywell Aerospace chief Mike Madsen said.
This is just one of many measures that airlines will be making as we look to adapt to the new normal.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 4.4 confirmed cases and 152,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.