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How these airlines are making travel COVID-safe for you

How these airlines are making travel COVID-safe for you
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The global aviation industry has taken a severe hit due to the pandemic. As flights start resuming, airlines are paying close attention to safety of passengers. Different protocols have been put in place.
With the International Air Transport Association reporting a substantial fall in air traffic compared to last year, airlines have to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to recover the losses.

Story: Anshika Awasthi

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SpiceJet

Spicejet, India's domestic carrier, has been regularly disinfecting customer touchpoints and surfaces before every flight.
It has also installed HEPA air-filtration systems to ensure passengers' safety. This air-filtration claims to catch 99.9 per cent of particles as small as 0.1 to 0.3 microns. It is also said it traps harmful particles such as pollen and dust mites, including the coronavirus.
The aircraft has also been equipped with non-porous synthetic leather seats. According to SpiceJet, these non-porous seats make it difficult for viruses and particles to penetrate inside them and can be easily wiped off compared to standard fabric seats.

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IndiGo

Besides disinfecting aircraft, IndiGo is fumigating frequent touchpoints of all common surfaces where the frequency of contact is maximum. Surfaces such as wheelchairs, crew vehicles, armrests, overhead nozzles, lavatories are being specially taken care of.

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American airlines

American airlines has also equipped itself with HEPA filters, hospital-grade disinfectant and fogging to keep passengers safe from Covid-19 infection.
The airline has also been deep cleaning surfaces with maximum contact such as tray tables, armrests, window shades, seat belt buckles, etc.
For over 900 miles flight, wipes, and hand sanitisers have also been arranged for passengers on board.

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Delta airlines

Delta airline has been sanitizing its aircraft with the help of electrostatic spray and fogging.
The spray produces uniform and fine droplets of disinfectants in the size range of 10-20 micrometre to kill viruses.
Not just this, Delta, in order to create a safe distance between each passenger, has blocked the use of middle seats to minimise human contact, thus minimizing the risk.

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Emirates

Just like most aircraft, Emirates has also equipped its fleet with HEPA filters and the lavatories are cleaned on flights for over 90 minutes. After each trip, the aircraft is properly disinfected and passengers are given a complimentary hygiene kit to ensure maximum safety of the passengers. The hygiene kit includes a hand sanitiser, mask, gloves, and antibacterial wipes.

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United Airlines

This carrier is using Zoona Microbe Shield (an antimicrobial coating), on the seats, armrests, trays, bins, and bathrooms of its aircraft fleet along with HEPA air-filtration systems.
As per the official website, this coating will create an extra level of protection on aircraft to help better protect employees and customers.
"Its use will create an extra level of protection on our aircraft to help better protect our employees and customers," Toby Enqvist, United's chief customer officer added.

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Turkish airlines

Turkish airlines have been doing things slightly differently. The airline is spraying a chemical substance, tested by the World Health Organization, with the help of a special device that, as per claims, disinfects the aircraft within 10 minutes.
This disinfection process is carried out by purification teams wearing PPE kits and takes a maximum of 25 minutes.
With every flight, the aircraft gets blankets and pillows changed and washed at high temperatures.

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Lufthansa

As per the German carrier, the air filters inside the aircraft, supply fresh air approximately after the interval of every three minutes.
The passengers are also provided disinfectant wipes for cleaning surfaces around their seats. It has also been intensively disinfecting cabins to keep COVID at arm's length.