How Airlines Clean and Disinfect Their Planes?

Last week, I was shown by Etihad Airways how they clean and disinfect their Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Abu Dhabi.

The cleaning crew and I changed into Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) outfit covered from head to toe. The cleaning start from rear to front, top to bottom using cleaning and disinfecting agent Bacoban and disposable cloth. Etihad Cleaning manager Anthony Foreman explains how the airline handle the cleaning and disinfecting after flying to high risk area.

I was shown the cleaning performed in all cabin, galley, toilet and cargo hold. I was also shown how they change the air filter inside the airplane. I was explained how HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) work to ensure the air circulation is of the same standard as operating theatre in hospital.

This video shows the deep clean and disinfect procedures. Only planes on ground over 4 hours or flown to/from high risk area are performed with such cleaning procedure. Planes with tight turnaround will only perform routine cleaning.

 

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