Many states, counties, and cities have begun to ease restrictions in an effort to get people out and about and, more importantly, back to work. Safety standards for people and businesses have been put in place to prevent and protect from further spreading of COVID-19, or Coronavirus. For those in the aviation industry, that means maintaining a safe aircraft environment for passengers and crew.
Studies indicate that the virus can be spread by people before they develop symptoms or who never develop symptoms. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Because of this, it is important to disinfect your aircraft after passengers have been on board. According to the CDC, alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol are effective against coronavirus.
Disinfection of Aircraft Surfaces
- Disinfect the surfaces that do not absorb liquid
- Clean the surfaces with a natural sponge or a clean low-lint cloth, moist with the disinfectant.
- Allow the disinfectant stay on surfaces for two (2) minutes.
- Remove the disinfectant with a clean low-lint cloth moist with water.
- Dry the surfaces with a clean, dry low-lint cloth.
- Disinfect the surfaces that absorb liquid by applying a spray mist of disinfectant with a spray applicator to:
- Passenger seat cushions.
- Passenger seat backs.
- Textile floor coverings.
- All remaining surfaces that have fabric covers.
Maintain Healthy Operations
To help protect your passengers and crew, and for prevention of spreading the virus, follow the CDC’s guidelines for maintaining a healthly environment.
- Watch for symptoms – Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Support respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene for passengers and crew
- If possible, require everyone to wear a mask our face covering
- Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles
- Ensure that an adequite supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) is maintained
- Place placards that encourage hand hygiene and preventitive measures to help stop the spread in places where they are likely to be seen
- Discourage handshaking – encourage the use of other noncontact methods of greeting
Banyan is doing its part to plan for and mitigate potential impacts of COVID-19 in its terminal and various departments as our primary goal is the safety and well-being of our guests and teammates. We will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information on the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and conform to their guidelines as they change. For more information on what Banyan is doing, please view our COVID-19 Preventive Measures.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us anytime.