Air travel – complete sanitizing checklist for passengers and aviators
Air travel has waned since the global health crisis began. Yet, the need for air travel remains. Alleviating concerns about microbe proliferation with safe sanitizing practices eases concerns with air travel. However, is the airline clearly stating what sanitizing product it uses and what their detailed protocol is in order to ensure their patrons’ confidence?
Upon deeper inspection of what sanitizing checkpoints occur during air travel, a flurry of questions arises as to whether or not airlines are sufficiently addressing all aspects of sanitizing for today’s environment.
These air travel checkpoints include:
- airborne microbes
- carpets and flooring
- stowage of personal items in overhead bins
- checked luggage storage
- galleys and carts
- in-flight reading materials
- window shades
- seat adjustment tools
- power outlets
- tray tables and touchable surfaces
- cockpit instrumentation
So, the ultimate question becomes, “What sanitizing products meet both personal and commercial air travel sanitizing standards?”
With limitations of bleach-based, chlorine-based, and alcohol-based sanitizers in addition to health risks from inhaling these fumes and overuse on skin, is there an effective sanitizing product on the market that addresses all of the aforementioned air travel sanitizing checkpoints?
The answer is, ”Yes.”
A revolutionary mode of action now combines a compound safely used in sanitizing for nearly 100-years called benzalkonium chloride also known as “BZK”. GlanHealth™ electro-chemically disrupts cell membranes of microbes causing immediate cell death.
From skin to surfaces, all of GlanHealth™ products create a nano-thin, triple layer of persistent protection.
GlanHealth’s unique sanitizing system can be quickly and easily sprayed on all surfaces with a traditional spray bottle or an electro-static sprayer for larger areas such as airplane cockpits and cabins.
Incorporating a powerful combination of quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) and BZK, classified as an organic salt that is an FDA-approved sanitizing active ingredient, GlanHealth’s revolutionary sanitizing products are non-toxic. Environmentally friendly, GlanHealth™ sanitizing solutions include EPA approved ingredients and are changing the landscape on pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbes in personal and public spaces.
Simply spray GlanHealth™ on surfaces, apply to skin, or use in the fabric softener feature of any washing machine and rest assured microbes will meet imminent doom.
COMPLETE SANITIZING SYSTEM FOR AIR TRAVEL
GlanHealth™ alcohol-free, long-lasting sanitizing products provide peace of mind as a complete solution for personal protection with air travel. GlanHealth’s revolutionary mode of action surpasses outdated modes of action of other sanitizing products on the market.
There are multiple GlanHealth™ travel-related products to completely address air travelers’ needs:
- All-Purpose Surface Complete – luggage and carry-ons
- Advanced Hand Sanitizer – 1.7 and 2-ounce bottles meet carry-on security requirements
- Sanitizing Body Spray – 2 fluid ounces meets carry-on security requirements
- Sanitizing Hand Wipes – repackaged in airtight zipper bags retains moisture and easy access in-flight
- Sanitizing Surface Wipes – repackaged in airtight zipper bags retains moisture and easy access in-flight
- Laundry Shield – protects fibers in clothes from microbes for up to 28-days
PREVENTING MICROBES FROM ENTERING THE AIRCRAFT
What are the airlines recommending in order to restore travelers’ confidence with “preventing virus from boarding the airplane”?
- Medical check to ensure health stability for travel
- Utilizing electronic devices vs. in-person exchange of travel documents
- Advance planning for the varying travel requirements of passengers out-of-state and out-of-country
From the airplane builder’s perspective, the next step with preventing microbes from entering a commercial aircraft was an evaluation of World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended “disinfectants”. Upon closer inspection of WHO and CDC recommendations for addressing microbes in today’s environment, one will find that alcohol-based and bleach-based products may be at the top of their lists. However, these products post serious risks to consumers with long-term exposure.
Bleach must be applied and allowed to soak for 15-minutes on any surface then be rinsed with water; the water’s pH affects its effectiveness. Chlorine and bleach leave a harsh odor that can trigger respiratory conditions.
Alcohol is only effective while it is wet, and alcohol dries within 20-seconds. Constant reapplication of alcohol-based hand sanitizer causes skin to crack and peel. Medical research has shown that overuse of topical alcohol-based sanitizer is known to increase blood alcohol levels.
To fully comprehend the adverse reactions with bleach, chlorine, and alcohol use with sanitizing, it is recommended that air travelers read informative articles published on the GlanHealth™ website prior to takeoff.
AIRBORNE MICROBES & PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
One major airline builder’s website states the use of high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filters is a first line of defense with sanitizing an airplane for air travel. The airplane builder website states these HEPA filters are “similar to those used in hospitals, capture more than 99.9% of viruses and bacteria”. These HEPA filters are part of a multi-phased sanitizing protocol for airline passenger travel that includes “preventing microbes from entering the aircraft, keeping the aircraft virus-free, and maintaining a healthy cabin environment”.
While it sounds reassuring to have fresh air flowing into the aircraft, airborne microbes still exist with exhalation by passengers and flight crew. Short of directly connecting each air traveler to the HEPA filtration system, the fact remains that exhaled air by passengers and crew is a source of fresh microbes entering the cabin of the aircraft. As these microbes fill the breathable airspace for all on-board, attention turns to personal protection equipment (PPE).
The mandate to wear PPE — masks and face coverings — has become a reality with air travelers. The fabric weave in PPE varies and may be limited in its ability to prevent microbe proliferation. There has been much discussion about this in the science community. Individuals must look to other means of protection from airborne microbes with regard to wearing PPE.
Washable PPE face coverings can be protected for up to 28-days with GlanHealth Laundry Shield that is easily added to the fabric softener feature of any washing machine. Microbes that come in contact with fabric that is protected with Laundry Shield will succumb to GlanHealth’s revolutionary mode of action for sanitizing safety.
GlanHealth’s Laundry Shield is:
- long-lasting (up to 28-days per wash)
- not affected by dryer heat
- non-hazardous, non-toxic, environmentally safe
- alcohol-free, bleach-free, chlorine-free
- safe on all fabric types
- is safe to deep clean, deodorize, and soften all machine washable fabrics
- removes static
With washable PPE face coverings, travel attire, and packed clothing, air travel passengers have long-lasting 28-day protection with GlanHealth’s Laundry Shield.
UNDER-SEAT, OVERHEAD BINS, AND CHECKED LUGGAGE STORAGE
Airline passengers are permitted two personal items onboard a commercial flight.
Often these items do not fit in the floor storage space beneath the seat in front of the traveler. When additional storage space is required, overhead bins are utilized – by hundreds of travelers. This means potential microbe proliferation can occur from surfaces of all other travelers’ carry-on luggage.
The same is true for checked luggage that is stacked upon other travelers’ luggage. As a preventative measure, it is prudent to sanitize all personal carry-on items and checked luggage with GlanHealth™ All-Purpose Surface Complete prior to departure to the airport.
ANYTHING WITHIN REACH
Once boarded and carry-on items are stored, the touching of surfaces begins. From seatbelts to in-flight reading materials, tray tables, galley & cart service, window shades, air vents, seat adjustment tools, power outlets and surfaces in restrooms, commercial and private air travelers are reliant upon the effectiveness of the airline’s “disinfectant” product and sanitizing protocol.
GlanHealth™ Advanced Hand Sanitizer is travel-sized, alcohol-free, and softens skin with repeated use. Each topical application of Advanced Hand Sanitizer lasts for up to 4-hours. For full-body protection, GlanHealth™ offers a Sanitizing Body Spray that is also available in travel-sized bottles for convenience.
To alleviate passengers’ concerns about touchable surfaces and microbe protection during air travel, GlanHealth™ recommends these products:
AEROSPACE CERTIFICATIONS CARPET, FLOORING, INSTRUMENTATION
The effectiveness of vacuuming is null when it comes to microbes. As airline crew and travelers board the airplane and walk to their seats, each is tracking in outside dust, dirt, and microbes.
In addition to addressing complete carpet and cabin sanitizing, GlanHealth™ Aircraft Cabin Cleaner is effective on cockpit instrumentation and holds aerospace certifications:
- Boeing D6-7127 Rev P incorporating PDD 6-8
- Cleaning Interiors of Commercial Transport Aircraft (category Disinfectants)
GlanHealth™ Aircraft Cabin Cleaner both cleans and deodorizes and is effective on all surfaces.
For fast sanitizing that requires only 10-minutes of drying time, GlanHealth™ allows commercial and private air charters quick maintenance scheduling. Aircraft electrostatic spray service covers the entire aircraft with 360-degree surface protection.
COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN AIR TRAVEL WITH GlanHealth™
Air travelers can rest assured that GlanHealth™ has all the sanitizing checkpoints covered. For more information on personal sanitizing for air travel, visit https://glanhealth.com
For aviators seeking aircraft sanitizing services, additional information is located at https://glanhealth.com/our-services/