Alaska Airlines Puts Germs On The No-Fly List
Airlines have a vital need to keep their crew members and passengers safe and healthy. People frequently pick up germs when they are travelling from the wide variety of surfaces that they share with their fellow passengers. Bathrooms, restaurants, hotels, door handles, taxis and shuttles provide fertile breeding grounds for germs and these can easily be transferred from individual to individual. Daily cleaning of these environments, especially the interior of the planes themselves, is absolutely necessary, but the harsh chemicals used can often leave behind a residue, damage the surfaces or cause strong odors.
Alaska Airlines contacted Integrated Resources International, a distributor for Byotrol, to discuss their cleaning needs and were quickly impressed, but they needed the Byotrol products to pass multiple Boeing tests before using the products on their airplanes. Byotrol has passed every test succesfully including:
- 11.3.1 Sandwich Corrosion Test
- 11.3.2 Immersion Corrosion Test
- 11.3.3 Rubber Test
- 11.3.4 Sealant Test
- 11.3.5 Painted Surface Test
- 11.3.6 Tedlar Surface Test
- 11.3.7 Vinyl Surface Test
- 11.3.8 Fabric and Carpet Test
- 11.3.9 Leather and Naugahyde Test
- 11.3.10 Flash Point Test
- 11.3.11 Polycarbonate Crazing Test
So following these tests in 2008 Alaska was the first US airline to begin using Polysphere, Byotrol’s EPA registered disinfectant/sanitizer, and continues to use it today in their regular cleaning operations. Rod Grimes, Manager of Fleet Service Performance, understands the value that Byotrol brings, "Polysphere has some pretty incredible science behind it: not only does it clean and disinfect, but it leaves a barrier to help prevent re-contamination on surfaces”.
Making the switch to Byotrol products has helped Alaska Airlines not only to improve the overall hygiene of their airplane interiors, but also to enhance their image in the industry.