NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — JetBlue is testing out ultraviolet cleaning technology aboard its aircraft to fight the spread of coronavirus.
The airline is working with Honeywell on the pilot program and has rolled out eight UV light, germ-fighting cabin units to use on its fleet of planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for a 90-day test period.
Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue's president and chief operating officer, said the device could be "a potential game changer when it comes to efficiently assisting in our efforts to sanitize surfaces onboard."
JetBlue is the first U.S. airline to use the Honeywell technology.
"JetBlue took an immediate interest in this new product when we demonstrated it for them just a few weeks ago, and now JetBlue is receiving our first systems," said Mike Madsen, Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO. "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."
According to Honeywell, the system is about the size of a beverage cart and has UV-C light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat all aircraft surfaces, including overhead bins.
It can clean the cabin of a mid-sized airliner in 10 minutes.
According to a news release, clinical studies have found ultraviolet light is capable of significantly reducing certain viruses and bacteria.