(CBS) — We are giving you an inside look at an unprecedented series of tests that prove airline cleaning techniques do effectively kill the coronavirus and what it means about the safety of flying in a pandemic.
University of Arizona researchers, working with Boeing, are applying a live virus that’s harmless to humans, but more resilient than COVID-19 to airplane surfaces flyers are most likely to touch. This includes the tray table, seats, and overhead bins.
They then applied the enhanced cleaning techniques airlines have been rolling out since the pandemic began.
disinfectants, electrostatic sprayers, antimicrobial coatings, and this ultraviolet light wand Boeing developed to clean cockpits.
The researchers found all four procedures were shown to effectively kill COVID-19 leaving cabin surfaces essentially virus-free when passengers board.