Summer travel in 2023 is likely to be one of the busiest in recent years. Increasing numbers of travelers are planning to hit the skies for awell-earned vacation this year. Delta Airlines reports a record-breaking advance booking for summer travel alone. As Coronavirus restrictions lift worldwide, best practices in disinfecting become even more critical for the airline industry.
It’s no small feat to keep some of the world’s busiest airports running on time and on schedule. Time between flights is often a sprint to the next destination. Many airlines have a short window to turn a plane around and get back in the air, and standards for cleaning between flights may vary significantly between the carriers.
Domestic airlines try to make this turnaround of deplaning, cleaning, and boarding the next passengers to 40 minutes or less. International flights generally have 90 minutes to complete this same process. The turnaround may include a quick check for trash and refreshing the restroom. More thorough cleaning comes after hours, when the plane is parked for the evening and there is more time to sanitize. The bigger the plane, the longer the overnight cleaning may take, including:
- Tray tables and armrests
- Overhead bins
Every four to six weeks the airlines perform a deeper clean than these daily schedules allow.
Improving Cabin Cleaning
During the Coronavirus global health crisis, companies improved and automated disinfection to use some of the newest technology available. While there is not a regulated or mandated system for cleaning, many plane manufacturers have a preferred set of methods for disinfecting their planes.
The efficiency of newer technologies, like disinfecting foggers and UV wands, comes in second and third to the benefits of Paerosol. With the ability to sanitize soft surfaces, hard surfaces, and even the air, Paerosol is available as a liquid disinfectant and a dry aerosol, which cleans every surface with no corrosion or moisture damage.
It is estimated that each year over 2 billion people travel by air. Being in such close contact with so many people makes it a challenge to stay healthy when you fly. Washing your hands and not touching your face helps to minimize the chances of getting sick. It’s difficult to clean the many high touch areas in busy airports, but technology like Paerosol’s patented disinfecting platform can make short work of keeping public spaces clean.
There is no shortage of advice on how to personally clean the space around your seat on the airplane. Using a disinfectant cloth to wipe down any of those high touch areas will help reduce your exposure to germs. While HEPA filters in airplane cabins can help, Paerosol is able to completely clean the air you breathe too. The safe, all-natural micro-aerosol technology kills viruses, bacteria, and spores in the air and on surfaces with up to 99.9999% efficacy.
While cabin filtration on airplanes can filter the air every 2-3 minutes in-flight, most terminals are circulating air every 5-10 minutes on average. Restrooms and specialty areas of the airport circulate air around 15-30 times per hour. Air filtration in airplanes pushes clean, filtered air down from top to bottom. Filtration systems in terminals and buildings can vary. With this variation in air quality, Paerosol makes it possible to apply the micro-aerosol technology quickly and easily in every space. The dry spray effectively diffuses enough particles to kill any virus or bacteria in the air, as well as any found in fabric like seats and carpet.
Cleaning up after sick passengers requires empathy, speed, and thorough disinfecting. CDC guidelines recommend different cleaning products and methods of sanitizing specific to each medical situation. Paerosol uses hypochlorous acid, or HOCl, to kill pathogens by tearing down the cell wall of the bacteria. Because it is available as both a fluid, and a spray, Paerosol can disinfect in every possible airline scenario.
Flight attendants, airport workers, and cleaning crews are exposed to pathogens from travelers all over the world. While PPE and traditional methods of mitigation can help protect employees from the hazards of sick passengers, Paerosol is a highly effective and safe product. It requires no special training for use and can be used in every situation.
Since Paerosol is available as both a micro aerosol and a fluid, it can disinfect every kind of surface in an airplane or airport. This safe and non-toxic product application has shown 99.9999% effectiveness in killing the most common viruses, bacteria, and spores. With proven success rates in communicable disease elimination, Paerosol is a clear choice to protect passengers and airport crew.
Contact our team to learn more about keeping your space sanitized.