JetBlue is deploying a UV cleaning technology for its aircraft that I first saw noted by Ben Mutzabaugh at the Points Guy. Formerly known as “GermFalcon” the machine, the size of a beverage cart, is supposed to be able to disinfect an aircraft within 10 minutes.
JetBlue will deploy eight of the beverage cart-sized machines that can cover the length of an airplane in 10 minutes or less. They feature folding arms equipped with a germ-fighting, ultraviolet-light cleaning system that can help disinfect cabin surfaces – including seats, lavatories and galleys.
Now called “Honeywell UV Cabin System,” the machines will be used for a 90 day trial at both New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale.
An executive at another airline who managed a UV cleaning procurement process tells me they evaluated GermFalcon and found it “too fragile,” that it didn’t live up to its claims, and that the actual device is too unwieldly, JetBlue “will never get to use it on turns” the way they’re promoting. The system is desirable if it’s quick enough to disinfect between every flight, but this industry insider with specific knowledge of the product tells me that’s unrealistic.
Of course JetBlue wouldn’t be the only airline where cleaning promises reportedly fail to live up to reality.