New system aims to kill germs on planes

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 14:35:41-04

Now to the new technology to help keep you safe from the coronavirus while flying. It's a device that uses UV light to disinfect the cabin of a plane.

JetBlue officials say Honeywell's UV Cabin System serves up a powerful dose of UV light aimed at killing germs and viruses like COVID-19. The device's wings spread out wide shining UV light over the seats. Other lights zero in on the overhead compartment. The operator stands behind a UV light shield. The UV light is so powerful it can be dangerous to others so the cabin must be empty.

The manufacturer, Honeywell, said the device can disinfect a plane in less than ten minutes.

"This is technology that's been used in hospitals for many years. Demonstrated to be over 90% effective on all kinds of pathogens so not just viruses, bacteria, etc," explained Mike Madsen,
president, and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace

JetBlue said they're also testing the UV light technology at the check-in kiosks.