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Southwest Airlines cuts back on COVID-19 cleaning to get planes back in the air quicker

The Verge Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Southwest Airlines cuts back on COVID-19 cleaning to get planes back in the air quickerPhoto by David McNew/Getty Images

Airlines around the world are facing a difficult juggling act: how do you reduce the risks posed by COVID-19 while keeping costs down in a notoriously low-margin industry? As flight schedules begin to increase once more, Southwest Airlines is taking the decision to reduce its pandemic cleaning routines to minimize turnaround times and financial losses.

The news comes from an internal memo sent to Southwest staff and obtained by USA Today, which says that armrests and seat belts will no longer be cleaned between each flights, and that attendants are to instead focus on high-touch areas like toilets and tray tables. “These are the most important areas to clean between each flight as they are prone to contamination from Customer use and...
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Southwest airlines is cutting back on cleanings after flights that were put in place because of the pandemic. It will no longer be sanitizing seats between flights.

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