JetBlue has become the first US airline to start using the Honeywell UV Cabin System, which can traverse an aircraft in less than 10 minute. In studies, ultraviolet light has been found to be capable of significantly reducing certain viruses and bacteria when properly applied at prescribed levels.
JetBlue so far has eight of these devices, and they’re being put to work at both New York JFK International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. JetBlue will be using these devices for a 90-day trial period, to evaluate the impact. This will of course be in addition to JetBlue using its current increased cleaning procedures.
The Honeywell UV Cabin System is about the size of a beverage cart, and has UV-C light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces. Properly applied, UV-C lights can deliver doses that clinical studies have found to be capable of reducing various viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.
As JetBlue’s President and COO, Joanna Geraghty, describes this move:
“With the safety of our crew members and customers our first priority, JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up initiative is maintaining a layered approach to safety by ensuring healthy crew members, providing flexibility, adding space, reducing touchpoints, and keeping surfaces clean and sanitized. As we look to add additional layers of protection by utilizing cutting-edge technology, we have identified the Honeywell UV Cabin System as a potential game changer when it comes to efficiently assisting in our efforts to sanitize surfaces onboard.”
Here’s how Honeywell Aerospace’s President and CEO, Mike Madsen, describes this development:
“JetBlue took an immediate interest in this new product when we demonstrated it for them just a few weeks ago, and now JetBlue is receiving our first systems. We’ve ramped up production quickly on the UV Cabin System, and our company is working on a range of solutions to help make passengers more comfortable about flying.”
Here’s a video of this new Honeywell technology at work on a JetBlue plane:
JetBlue is the first US airline to trial the Honeywell UV Cabin System, which is intended to reduce viruses and bacteria on surfaces. This is being done in addition to all of JetBlue’s other current enhanced cleaning protocols.
Of course this sounds great in theory, but I’m curious to see how this will be used in practice. 10 minutes isn’t an insignificant amount of time when a plane is being turned, especially if this is to be done in conjunction with other cleaning procedures.
Furthermore, I realize I’m exceptionally clumsy, but am I the only one who wonders if this will operate as smoothly as the video suggests? This device is operating in tight spaces, and almost looks kind of fragile.
What do you make of this technology?