JetBlue Tests UV Cleaning As Airlines Look To Reassure Passengers - Forbes

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JetBlue Airways Wednesday became the second major airline to announce plans to try UV light to improve sanitation inside its planes, with the announcement coming as two thirds of the respondents to a new survey saying they were uncomfortable returning to the skies.

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With skyrocketing cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, many consumers are leery of being in enclosed spaces with strangers, a sentiment that showed up in recent surveys by The Manifest, a business consulting firm, that found that in both May and July, 67% of respondents said they were uncomfortable with air travel.

As part of a “layered approach to safety,” New York-based JetBlue said in a release it will use Honeywell’s UV Cabin System, which works with ultraviolet light, in a 90-day test to sanitize aircraft surfaces, in a cleaning sweep that takes about 10 minutes.

Multiple medical studies are underway involving the impact of UV-C light on Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, the release said, adding that preliminary results from studies performed by Boston University and researchers in Italy showed that UV-C light could “inactivate” the virus at specific dosages in a lab setting.

Alaska Airlines said it also is testing a UV system, as one of “several new technologies we are evaluating for use
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