Boeing and the University of Arizona are using an age-old technique, thermal disinfection, in the fight against COVID-19. Researchers have confirmed that applying heat to surfaces, especially on hard-to-clean flight deck equipment, effectively eliminates SARS-CoV-2.
Results indicate that the virus can be destroyed by more than 99.99% after three hours exposure to temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and will still effectively kill more than 99.9% of the virus at 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Michael Delaney, who leads Boeing's Confident Travel Initiative (CTI) efforts, said, "Passenger and crew safety are our top priorities — that extends from the cabin to the flight deck. Thermal disinfection could deliver another valuable tool to destroy COVID-19 on sensitive and difficult-to-reach components that protect pilots.”