JetBlue Deploys Ultraviolet Cleaning Robot at JFK to Attack the Coronavirus on Planes

By Kurt Stolz on 30 July 2020
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JetBlue Mint business-class cabin on an Airbus A321

JetBlue Airways is the first airline in the country to test Honeywell’s UV Cabin System, a beverage-cart sized robot that can traverse an aircraft cabin in ten minutes.

The Honeywell system is being incorporated into the airline’s “Safety from the Ground Up” initiative that it says maintains a layered approach to safety, a program, that includes keeping high-touch surfaces clean and sanitized.

The UV Cabin System has  UV-C light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces such as tray tables.  It’s part of a rollout of new products by the company our company “to help make passengers more comfortable about flying,” said Honeywell Aerospace’s CEO, Mike Madsen.

The airline will evaluate the new system’s performance while continuing to undertake other cleaning protocols.

JetBlue said that clinical studies found that ultraviolet light will significantly reduce certain viruses and bacteria “when properly applied at prescribed levels.” The list of viruses includes SARS-CoV, which is the novel coronavirus. It also reduces levels of MERS-CoV, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

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