JetBlue to Test UV Light Cleaning Robot

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The airline is testing a new device that looks like a cross between a beverage cart and a robot.

JetBlue has become the first airline in the country to use UV light technology in its efforts to protect passengers and crew from COVID-19. JFK Airport in New York and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida have been selected to try out the new UV system, which will start by treating surfaces in JetBlue aircraft interiors.

The UV Cabin System by Honeywell is able to travel the length of an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes, employing UV-C light arms that extend over seats and sweep the cabin to treat surfaces. Ultraviolet light has been found to reduce the presence of certain viruses and bacteria, according to clinical studies.

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Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and COO, said, “With the safety of our crewmembers and customers our first priority, JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up initiative is maintaining a layered approach to safety by ensuring healthy crewmembers, providing flexibility, adding space, reducing touchpoints, and keeping surfaces clean and sanitized.”

Currently, Honeywell has delivered eight devices to JetBlue, and both JFK and FLL have kicked off a 90-day pilot program.

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