United Airlines has started cleaning the flight
decks of most aircraft at its hub airports with Ultraviolet C
(UVC) lighting technology.
The airline is using handheld, AUVCo blades
from the American Ultraviolet company to kill any viruses that may
reside on sensitive switches and touch screen displays within the
our highest priority and we continue to research, test and roll
out new technologies to keep our aircraft and terminals safe for
both customers and crew," said Bryan Quigley, United's senior vice
president of flight operations. "Flight decks have many working
parts, screens and components that are challenging to clean with
traditional hand wipes and liquids, especially for someone who
isn't a pilot. The UVC lighting gives us a faster, more effective
disinfection of one of the most important areas of the aircraft."
United currently uses electrostatic spraying to disinfect its
aircraft cabins, one of the most effective techniques to clean
around harder to reach surfaces, particularly overhead bins and
spaces within tray tables.
United's use of UVC lighting in the
flight deck – along with electrostatic spraying in the cabin –
further reflects the airline's approach of matching the right type
of technology to the right settings.
implementing UVC lighting in its flight decks is an important
tactic because we know that the virus can be killed by ultraviolet
light," said Dr. James Merlino, Chief Clinical Transformation
Officer at Cleveland Clinic. "It's one more measure that we can
implement to ensure that we're doing all we can to keep
passengers, flight attendants and crews safer."
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