Travel United Airlines Teams up With Clorox for New Cleaning Protocols in Airports and Onboard
Southwest Airlines Upgrades Aircraft Cleaning Program
Flying is more sanitary than ever.Launched on March 4, Southwest’s enhanced cleaning procedures include the use of an EPA-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant utilized by the carrier’s aircraft appearance technicians to sanitize the passenger cabin, lavatories and flight deck.
In an effort to assure customers going forward, United Airlines announced its new partnership with Clorox in its pledge to guarantee a safe and sanitized environment for passengers.
As part of the program — called— Clorox products will be used in the gate and terminal areas at the airline’s hub airports, starting with Chicago and Denver.
United will also start handing out sanitizer wipes as passengers board, as well as focus on disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as armrests, door handles, bathrooms, seat-back screens, and seat belts.
Southwest to Bring Back Food and Snacks on Select Flights — but Alcohol Still Grounded
Starting Friday, the airline will reintroduce in-flight drinks and snacks on flights of more than 250 miles. Starting Friday, the airline will reintroduce in-flight drinks and snacks on flights of more than 250 miles, according to Southwest’s website. Initially, cans of water with straws and a pouch of snack mix will be available while cups of ice will be available on request. Alcohol will not be served.
“Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it’s our singular customer focus,” United’s CEO, Scott Kirby, said in a statement provided to Travel + Leisure. “We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of customers’ minds when making travel decisions, and we’re not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to better protect our customers and employees.”
United CleanPlus was also established with the help of the Cleveland Clinic.
“As the public begins to adjust to a world that’s been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety is of the utmost importance,” Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, the CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic, said in a statement. “We are proud to be part of this program and to share the knowledge we’ve gained as we’ve worked to contain and understand COVID-19 over the past several months.”
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Today we’re launching United CleanPlus, a new standard of cleanliness and safety, and partnering with& .
Learn more from Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United, about our efforts to keep you and your loved ones safe when you travel.— United Airlines (@united)
In addition to cleaning protocols, the airline will offer customers an “‘all in one’ economy snack bag,” which will include a bottle of water, a Stroopwafel, pretzels, and a sanitizer wipe starting May 22. This will be offered on all domestic flights that are 2 hours and 20 minutes or longer and willin economy class.
To further assuage passengers going forward, United has utilized touchless kiosks for baggage check-in,, and said it will following backlash from a viral photo of a completely full United flight.
Qatar Airways Now Requires Passengers Wear a Face Shield and Mask .
Face shields will be provided. The airline will provide disposable face shields to customers before they board. It is offered along with a complimentary protective kit, which includes a single-use surgical face mask, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer. © Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of Qatar Airways Children will receive a kid-size face shield with Qatar’s Oryx Kids Club mascots. Kids under two are not required to wear a face shield or a mask. “Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the safety of our passengers has been our highest priority.