JetBlue Introduces ‘Safety from the Ground Up’ Program

By Kurt Stolz on 20 May 2020
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JetBlue Mint business-class cabin on an Airbus A321

JetBlue Airways announced its “Safety from the Ground Up” program that will offer layers of protection for passengers and crewmembers when traveling.

In June, the airline will start to introduce wellness checks that include taking crewmember temperatures and electrostatic aircraft fogging in June.

Inside the aircraft, the airline already requires that crewmembers and passengers wear  face coverings.  In addition, the airline will block seats to ensure that no one is seated directly next to someone who is not in their travel party.  JetBlue will block middle seats on all Airbus aircraft and aisle seats on Embraer 190 regional jets.  Passengers can request disinfectant wipes upon entering the aircraft.

The seating policy will be in place through at least July 6, 2020.

The airline is cleaning aircraft before every flight, with a focus on high-touch surfaces such as tray tables and armrests.  It will soon roll out the use of electrostatic sprayers to fog the aircraft cabins, although it did not specify the frequency for doing so.

“We’re known for generous legroom and space, and now more than ever, those choosing to travel want as much space as possible,” said Joanna Geraghty, the airline’s president.

At the airport, the airline will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas such as kiosks and check-in desk counters.  It will offer hand sanitizer throughout the terminal and pilots will receive disinfectant kits for use on the flight deck.

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