Coronavirus: how airlines disinfect their aircraft
Added on Thu April 9th, 2020
In times of the coronavirus, the airlines have extended standard cleaning to include special procedures. Aircraft are cleaned after each flight as a standard procedure. But these days this is in many cases no longer enough. If a highly infectious disease is suspected, a special, additional disinfection of the aircraft is mandatory.
The cabin can be cleaned by wipe disinfection or with a disinfecting spray on all surfaces. If necessary, individual cabin components can also be completely replaced. The passenger cabin, cockpit, galley and the rest areas for cabin crew are disinfected. In particular, areas that are often touched by passengers’ hands will be sterilized. These include the overhead bin or the armrests, but also carpets and the surface of the seat. The aircraft is ready for operation 30 minutes after disinfection.
If there was a passenger on board who was suspected or even confirmed to be infected with the virus, the crews clean even more meticulously. This process takes up to eight hours.
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