Here’s How Delta Is Sanitizing Its International Long-Haul Planes

Amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, airlines are taking some precautions when it comes to minimizing the risk of infection. Delta Air Lines, in particular, is taking some big steps when it comes to sanitizing its aircraft. Simple Flying takes a look.

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Delta is taking steps to minimize passenger infection risk. Photo: Delta Air Lines

How is Delta sanitizing its aircraft?

Delta Air Lines has posted information about its aircraft sanitation procedures. Delta’s aircraft cleaning teams are trained to use high-grade, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectants on flights.

Back in February, Delta used fogging techniques on the few remaining flights from Asia to the United States. In addition, Delta has deployed these fogging techniques on flights from Italy and is sourcing additional machines to disinfect more transatlantic flights.

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Delta is also fogging aircraft to reduce the spread of this virus onboard. Photo: Delta Air Lines

In addition, Delta has provided its ground cleaning crews with a 19-point checklist on cabin cleanliness. These points include disinfecting cabin surfaces, as well as areas of high customer contact such as seats, seatback pockets, and tray tables. This also includes spaces in the galleys and lavatories. Again, these sanitizing procedures use high-grade EPA-registered disinfectants.

Delta adds additional measures for transpacific flights

When it comes to flights landing in the United States from Asia, Delta is also utilizing additional sanitizing procedures. All tableware, cutlery, dishes, and glassware undergo separate disinfection prior to being washed.

Here’s How Delta Is Sanitizing Its International Long-Haul Planes
Cutlery, glassware, tableware, and dishware are undergoing separate disinfection prior to being washed. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

All unused inbound supplies are being discarded. Bedding and headphones undergo a separate washing and sanitizing process from other bedding to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.

Here’s How Delta Is Sanitizing Its International Long-Haul Planes
Bedding from these flights are undergoing a separate sanitizing process from other linen. Photo: Jay Singh – Simple Flying

When it comes to galley equipment, carts and carriers from inbound Asia flights are also undergo separate sanitizing and washing processes to minimize cross-contamination. Delta also has, onboard, Tidy Kits. Within these kits are gloves, disinfectant wipes, small mops, trash bags, and a trash pickup device for lavatory cleaning.

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Delta is enhancing cleaning procedures onboard aircraft. Photo: Delta Air Lines

In addition, Delta is stocking more wellness items on its flights to and from Asia. This includes items like hand sanitizer, gloves, and surgical masks. Passengers in all cabin classes will find amenity kits that contain hand sanitizer or cleansing towelettes.

Here’s How Delta Is Sanitizing Its International Long-Haul Planes
Passengers should check their amenity kit for hand sanitizer and tissues. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

Air circulation systems

For most passengers, one concern may be air circulation onboard the aircraft. All of Delta’s international widebodies and narrowbodies like the 737s, 757s, A319s, A320s, and A321s have air circulation systems. The 717s, on the other hand, use 100% fresh outside air.

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Most of Delta’s narrowbodies have air circulation systems. Photo: Getty Images

These systems bring outside fresh air that is sterilized in a high-temperature compressor and ozone purifier. This mixes with the existing cabin air that recirculates through an industrial-grade HEPA filter. According to Delta, these filters can extract viruses as small as 0.01 micrometers while coronaviruses range from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometers.

How can I stay safe while traveling?

While Delta is taking precautions to ensure its aircraft are thoroughly sanitized, passengers can still take additional measures. This includes wiping down your seat area again with a disinfectant clothing and washing your hands after you cough, sneeze, or use the restroom. In addition, passengers should maintain their general wellbeing in flight. One simple way of doing this inflight is to make sure that you drink plenty of water.

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