Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Aircraft Sanitization Update:
Full Turnaround Cleaning and Fogging Demonstration
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, APFA has made aircraft cleaning a top priority. On Friday, June 12, 2020, APFA Health and Injury on Duty (IOD) Representatives attended a full turnaround cleaning demonstration and a fogging demonstration on a 737 aircraft.
Full Turnaround Cleaning Demonstration
For the full turnaround cleaning, Flight Attendant jumpseat areas were sanitized. This included seats, seatbelts, phones, and the compartments where the flashlight and life vests are stowed. All galley doors, handles, carts, latches, pull out trays, coffee maker areas, and floors in both the forward and aft galleys were sanitized. In the lavatories, all surfaces, including toilets, mirrors, sinks, handles, walls, and doors, were sanitized.
In the passenger cabin, tray tables, seatbelts, overhead latches, and window shades were sanitized.
Cleaning was performed using paper products, and the products were changed frequently. The cleaners also changed their gloves often. The last cleaner off the aircraft verified that all doors were disarmed.
American also shared a demonstration of the fogging sanitization procedures. We observed fogging of the galleys, which included all surfaces, including the galley curtains. In the cabin, fogging included the interior and exterior of the overhead compartments, walls, seats, passenger control units, and seatback pockets. The drying time took approximately ten minutes.
We are pleased to see enhanced cabin sanitization both on turnaround flights and overnight. The safety and health of crew and passengers, as well as curbing the spread of the virus, remains our number one priority.
APFA National Health Department Chair
APFA National Injury on Duty Chair
APFA National Safety & Security Chair