JETBLUE has unveiled a new tool to fight coronavirus – a robot that’s rolls down the aisles of their aircraft, shinning a disinfecting ultraviolet light.
On Wednesday, JetBlue rolled out the 90-day pilot program on planes landing at JFK airport in New York and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport in South Florida aimed at killing COVID-19.
In a YouTube video demonstrating the tool, the airline announced they had entered into a partnership with Honeywell to pilot a “UV Cabin System” robot.
In the video the robot is seen rolling down the aisles, sweeping long metal arms over seats shinning a disinfecting UV light over them as well as on floors, overhead compartments and restroom surfaces.
JetBlue has become the first airline in the US to use new cutting-edge UV light technology to fight coronavirus.
Clinical studies have shown ultraviolet light to be effective in “significantly reducing certain viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, when properly used at a certain level, according to NBCNewYork.
“With the safety of our crewmembers and customers our first priority, JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up initiative is maintaining a layered approach to safety,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and COO.
“By ensuring healthy crewmembers, 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 Clean System as a potential game changer when it comes to efficiently assisting our efforts to sanitize surfaces onboard,” she added.
Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO Mike Madsen commented on their partnership with the airline: “JetBlue took an immediate interest in this new product when we demonstrated it for them just a few weeks ago.”
“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.”