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How does Delta clean and sanitize its aircraft between flights?

The Atlanta-based carrier has a detailed cleaning procedure that is used in order to maintain a level of cleanliness for its customers.

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines says they have been in contact with the CDC and the WHO as well as other health organizations in order to ensure that they are following their guidance on health precautions in relation to coronavirus protection.

The cleaning teams have been using a high-grade EPA-registered disinfectant on all their planes, which they say is rated to combat many communicable diseases. 

For all trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights, Delta's cleaning crews are required to complete a 19-point checklist for cabin cleanliness which includes disinfecting cabin surfaces, seats, seatback pockets, tray tables and floors.

In February, Delta began deploying a fogging technique with a highly-effective, EPA-registered disinfectant, on flights arriving in the carrier's U.S. gateway airports from Asia – Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland and Seattle. Fogging procedures are currently being performed on all trans-Pacific arrivals into the U.S.

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They said they are rapidly expanding the fogging procedures for inbound international flights for trans-Atlantic markets with reported cases of coronavirus. Fogging procedures for all inbound flights from Italy to New York-JFK and Atlanta began on Feb. 29.

Delta says all catering equipment on inbound Asia flights are undergoing additional sanitation and disinfectant procedures.

All tableware, dishes, cutlery and glassware are being sanitized/disinfected before washing. All unused inbound supplies are being discarded. Inbound linen and headphones are being segregated and washed/sanitized/disinfected separately from other linen, headphones. All galley equipment including carts and carriers are being segregated, sanitized/disinfected and washed.

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Delta says they are also increasing supplies of wellness items such as hand sanitizer, gloves and surgical masks for customers and crews on all flights in and out of Asia. All customers on long-haul international flights are provided with amenity kits, which contain hand sanitizer or cleansing towelettes. 

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