Since our start, JetBlue has always been known for innovation, utilizing technology in every aspect of our operation and across the travel journey. Now we have become the first US airline to pilot cutting-edge UV technology to further our goal of keeping our aircraft clean and sanitized in order to provide the safest experience possible.
With the pandemic still top of mind, JetBlue has been evaluating and reevaluating every aspect of the travel journey to keep our crewmembers and customers safe and provide the most comfortable JetBlue experience. As part of our Safety from the Ground Up program, we’ve stepped up cleaning and sanitizing in our airports and on our aircraft, focusing on areas that are touched often, including the use of electrostatic disinfection spraying onboard, but we are not stopping there. JetBlue has entered into a partnership with Honeywell to pilot their UV Cabin System, designed to help reduce viruses and bacteria on surfaces throughout the aircraft and will be added to our other sanitizing and cleaning methods.
Now boarding the Honeywell UV Cabin System
With its mechanical wings fanning out over seats, into galleys, even the bathrooms onboard, the Honeywell UV Cabin System is designed to harness the power of ultraviolet-c light (UVC) technology that, when properly applied, reduces certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces and is able to treat an aircraft in less than 10 minutes. Right now, we are piloting the system as part of our cabin deep cleanings, and the pilot program will supplement our regular hand disinfection and electrostatic spraying.
Roughly the size of a beverage cart, the Honeywell UV Cabin System can easily be transferred on and off the aircraft to maximize efficiency. When used, the UVC light hits nooks and crannies hard to reach by hand, including overhead bins, vents and seats. The UVC system will be stationed at JFK Airport and at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport, two of JetBlue’s busiest destinations, where many of our aircraft connect to.
Safety with technology
While we are always been looking for ways for technology to elevate the JetBlue experience and create a seamless journey for our customers, it has become a major tool in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. To avoid common touchpoints, JetBlue is using the following technology:
- Mobile app check-in with touchless bag tag integration, avoiding the need to touch kiosks
- Automated bag drop, avoiding close proximity with crewmembers
- Touchless self-boarding, avoiding crewmembers handling boarding passes and personal devices
- Mobile device remote control pairing for inflight entertainment, avoiding the use of in-seat remote and/or touchscreen menus onboard