Southwest Airlines has reportedly limited its remediation efforts between flights, and the flight crew has been told that remediation of seat and armrest impacts will not be part of this process. The airline said the new policy was focused on “optimizing” staff and shifting heavy cleaning to the evenings.
The airline told Gizmodo by email on Wednesday that it would continue to clean tables with trays and toilet planes using a “broad-spectrum disinfectant before each flight.” However, according to a note, the airline sent to the flight attendants and received from USA Today and CNN, new cleaning efforts will not include the remediation of seat belts or armrests between flights.
Instead, the company said it would continue to offer sanitizing wipes to customers if they asked, adding that its “electrostatic spraying method applies disinfectant and antimicrobial spray to every surface of the aircraft, killing viruses on contact and forming an antimicrobial coating. or shield for 30 days. “
“At the same time, we are also optimizing available staff and coordinating our elements of the Southwest Promise by transferring the cleaning of some areas to the cleaning process at night, when Southwest teams spend six to seven hours on a plane cleaning all interior surfaces,” they said. from the company. “This approach is another evolution of processes designed to support our multi-layered cleaning program that runs throughout the day.”
There was a southwest pre-announced as early as March, what he called a “multi-stage cleaning process” with a hospital-grade disinfectant. This process, according to the company at the time, involved renovating “high-touch areas, such as interior windows and awnings, any seat belt buckles, passenger controls (including sensor buttons that control reading lights and air vents.” ) as well as seat surfaces, tray tables, armrests, etc. So much for that.
The Southwest at least continues to block the filling of middle places during at least Halloween. If you find yourself flying southwest or an airline on this subject, it probably won’t hurt to disinfect all the high-touch areas you encounter (such as recommended from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). And always, always wear a mask.