Aircraft Module - Disinfection – Passenger Cabin

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Provide a safe, sanitary operating environment for passengers, crew, and ground staff

Considerations ​

  • Clean and disinfect the cabin at an appropriate frequency to accommodate safe operations for the passengers and crew.  The frequency should account for the operation of the aircraft and the potential exposure of an infected person.
  • Airframe manufacturers recommend the use of a 70% aqueous solution of Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) as a disinfectant for the touch surfaces.  Refer to appropriate health organizations for instruction on application to be effective against viruses. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the proper application, ventilation, and personal protection equipment is used.  For more detailed recommendations or additional disinfecting chemicals, please reach out to the specific Airframe Manufacturer.
  • Clean surfaces of dirt and debris before disinfecting to maximize effectiveness
  • Apply with pre-moistened wipes or singe use wetted cloth and use limited bottle sizes on board to minimize the risk of spilling the IPA solution.  Do not spray IPA in the cabin.  Do not allow the liquid to pool or drip into equipment (e.g. In-Flight Entertainment electronic boxes).
  • IPA is flammable, so precautions should be taken around potential sources of ignition.
  • Because the frequency of disinfection has significantly increased due to COVID-19, and there is no data on the long term effects associated with this frequent application, the operator should periodically inspect the equipment to ensure that there are no long term effects, colour shift or damage over time. If damage is observed, contact the OEM for guidance on alternate disinfectants.  Specific care should be taken for application on leather and other soft goods. The operator should validate disinfecting agents for Buyer Furnished Equipment (e.g. Seats and IFE) with the manufacturer.
  • Airlines may wish to review their operating procedures to minimize the number of personnel who need to contact high-touch surfaces such as access panels, door handles, switches, etc. For more detailed recommendations or additional disinfecting chemicals, please reach out to the specific Airframe Manufacturer.

Means for uniform implementation

  • OEM communication through ICCAIA and OEM communication with airlines
  • Use the Aircraft COVID-19 Disinfection Control Sheet (PHC Form 2) or a similar one when appropriate
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