United Airlines has recently announced that they will now maximize air flow volume for all mainline aircraft high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtrations systems during the entire boarding and deplaning process. This is to help reduce the further spread of COVID-19. With the HEPA filters and the air conditioning and pressurization systems on board United mainline aircrafts, the air recirculates every 2-3 minutes and removes 99.97% of particles, which include viruses and bacteria.
You can watch the video below to see how air moves throughout the plane.
United is focused on delivering new levels of cleanliness both on the ground and in the air. Here are several more of the airlines precautionary measures to help ensure a cleaner environment.
Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hubs and other airports throughout the airline's system
Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand six feet apart
Becoming the first airline in the world to roll out touchless check-in capabilities for customers with bags
At the Gate
Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
Providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes
Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers in select markets to disinfect gate areas at United's hub airports
Enabling customers to self-scan boarding passes
Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front
Introduced real-time seat assignment update text and email notifications to further United's touchless airport experience
Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect most aircraft prior to flight
Disinfecting high-touch areas – such as tray tables and armrests – prior to boarding
Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
Deplaning in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
Providing onboard items including pillows and blankets upon request
To read United's full article click here.