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American Introduces New Virus-Killing Coating to Fight COVID-19

American Introduces New Virus-Killing Coating to Fight COVID-19
Joe Cortez

American Airlines has a new tool to protect flyers from the novel Coronavirus. The airline will introduce SurfaceWise2 to their cleaning routines, described as an EPA-approved electrostatic spray solution which may be able to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

American Airlines is introducing a new electrostatic spray to their cleaning habits which has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release, the airline announced the addition of Allied Bioscience’s SurfaceWise2 to their overall cleaning and safety program.

Long-Lasting Product Creates “Protective Invisible Layer” to Kill Viruses

According to the airline, SurfaceWise2 works in two ways to kill the novel Coronavirus from surfaces. In addition to the immediate cleaning provided by the electrostatic spray, the airline says it also creates a “protective invisible layer” to protect flyers after the cleaning spray has been applied. Allied Bioscience and American say the electrostatic spray can kill viruses, including the novel Coronavirus, for up to seven days, touting it as the first long-lasting solution approved by a government agency.

“SurfaceWise2 creates an invisible barrier on surfaces, which physically breaks down and kills virus cells,” Dr. Charles Gerba, an infectious disease expert, said in American’s press release. “This helps protect passengers and crew members against the transmission of coronavirus via surfaces, particularly on high-touch areas such as seats, armrests, tray tables and overhead bin doors.”

The airline says between the new electrostatic spray, the use of face coverings aboard flights and HEPA filters purifying the air every three minutes on average, they can reduce flyer’s potential exposure to the novel Coronavirus. The new electrostatic spray will be introduced throughout the end of the year to their entire fleet, including regional partners flying under the American Eagle brand.

“The American Airlines Clean Commitment is our promise that we’re taking bold measures and using the latest products and technology to help ensure our customers’ well-being when they travel with us,” David Seymour, chief operating officer for American, said in the press release. “Thanks to rigorous evaluations conducted by the experienced professionals at the EPA, the American Airlines team and Allied BioScience, our multitiered program will become even stronger at safeguarding our customers and team members from virus such as coronavirus and the flu.”

New Cleaning Compound Comes as Airline Cuts Payroll

The new cleaning procedure is announced after American announced a noted reduction of their staff. The Fort Worth-based carrier sent furlough notices to 19,000 employees, which will cut their total head count by 40 percent compared to the beginning of the pandemic. And starting in October, the carrier will cut their cabin crew to the minimum required by the Federal Aviation Administration, plus one.

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  1. dogcanyon

    August 29, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Think of all the surfaces that would need to be cleaned just for one individual seat: seat cushion, seat back, armrests, tray table (in both up and down positions), video screen (if there indeed are any left on AA planes). Multiply by 60 to 300 ( depending on plane size). Add in overhead bin surfaces touched by fingers, lavatories, etc. I’m sorry, but there’s no way that a low-motivation, minimum wage crew under pressure to turn plane after plane all day long as fast as possible is going to do a thorough job each time. This is just a “feel good” PR move.

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