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Delta Is First U.S. Airline To Install Hand Sanitizer Stations Inside Its Airplanes
Delta will be the first U.S. airline to install hand sanitizer inside its airplanes in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Passengers will be able to access the Purell hand sanitizer stations near the airplane’s boarding door and near outside the bathroom doors on every aircraft.
“Over the past few months, our customer satisfaction scores have skyrocketed by double digits, including those for onboard lavatory cleanliness,” Bill Lentsch, chief customer experience officer, said in a statement. “But that’s not stopping us from going even further to make sure customers feel safe and comfortable when they travel with Delta.”
In addition to hand sanitizing stations in planes, Delta has adjusted its boarding process to encourage space for safer travel.
“Every Delta flight is thoroughly sanitized prior to boarding using electrostatic sprayers,” Delta announced. “Following this process, cleaning crews complete an extensive checklist of cleaning procedures using this same high-grade disinfectant to wipe down personal and common areas of the cabin.”
And if an aircraft doesn’t pass the “Delta spot check” before boarding, crews will be encouraged to hold the flight and call back the cleaning crew.
Another safety measure passengers will notice is that they will be boarding all flights from back to front. Passengers will be limited to boarding groups of 10 customers at a time to minimize contact with others.
The carrier is also one of few airline companies blocking the selection of middle seats through January of 2021 and limiting the number of customers per flight to reduce the total number of customers on board.