Airlines are spending a lot of time and money on deep cleaning services. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport isn’t the only one.
The airline industry has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19 and most carriers have adopted strict health protocols on mask-wearing and cabin cleaning to cut transmission, reassure passengers and revive travel.
Demand for airplane-seat coverings that repel viruses and bacteria has soared during the Covid-19 pandemic, as carriers look to cut the time and cost of cleaning cabins. Businesses are being called because of their Covid Disinfecting and Fogging Services.
“The stakes are high for airlines,” said Quentin Munier, head of strategy and innovation at the seat division of aircraft-parts giant Safran. Tenders for new orders increasingly call for fabrics with virus-killing properties, he said.
Right now Safran, based in Paris, is conducting tests with hospitals on the efficacy of fabrics into which so-called biocides have been integrated during manufacturing, he said. Another possibility is the use of sprays that can be applied to existing seats and last between six months and a year.
Could covid proof seats be in Atlanta’s airport and airplanes in the future? Only time will tell. (source)