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United Airlines Introduces New United CleanPlus Policies

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United Airlines has introduced a new set of health and safety guidelines, dubbed United CleanPlus.

The carrier is teaming with surface disinfection brand Clorox and top medical experts to develop the protocols for United CleanPlus’ new cleaning, safety and social distancing methods.

Some of the health and safety changes include touchless kiosks at select airport locations, sneeze guards, mandatory face coverings for employees and travelers and additional options when flights are packed.

In addition, Clorox products will be used at United’s hub airports and the Cleveland Clinic will advise the airline on new technologies, training development and quality assurance programming.

“Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it’s our singular customer focus,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a statement. “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.”

The United CleanPlus program was instituted to give customers more confidence when traveling with the carrier now and moving forward.

Other changes include reduced touchpoints, updated social distancing rules, an altered the boarding process, pre-packaged food and beverages and more.

On Tuesday, Delta Air Lines introduced a new layer of safety at airports with the addition of custom plexiglass safety barriers at check-in lobbies, departure gates and Delta Sky Club counters.

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Survey Highlights Coronavirus Changes Airline Passengers Want

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A recent survey of business and leisure airline passengers highlighted the guidelines and health-related equipment travelers are looking for when boarding a plane during and after the coronavirus outbreak.

According to information from Honeywell, around 72 percent were more concerned with the environment on an airplane than in an airport, which only saw 28 percent of respondents voice the most concern.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents also cited social distancing as their top priority during travel, while about half of those surveyed cited air quality (51 percent) and personal protective equipment such as masks (47 percent) as top priorities.

“This survey demonstrates that passengers want high-tech solutions to best validate the entire travel experience as it relates to health and safety,” Honeywell vice president Kevin Suits said in a statement. “Honeywell offers a variety of relevant solutions today that we can bring forward to support travelers.

“We continue to speak with airline executives and transportation leaders about the types of new products and services that would support their efforts to further clean and monitor the cleanliness of their aircraft,” Suits continued. “We are quickly bringing to market new offerings that would be a win-win for our industry and all of us who love to fly.”

In terms of in-flight amenities most-desired by passengers, masks, hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes top the list. Travelers also revealed that cleanliness validation via technology was by far (60 percent) the most important way to provide confidence.

A portion of surveyed passengers also thinks that providing cleaning supplies directly to the passenger would help ensure confidence in the cleanliness of the cabin.

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