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Aircraft cleaning is a ground handling activity in the aviation industry.

It involves a wide range of operations, picking up newspapers and other rubbish

fallen on the floor during the flight, vacuuming carpets, changing headrests on

each seat, repositioning safety belts, cleaning tray tables, windows, arranging seats

in comfort classes within a required time based on the aircraft type.

The task involves seat cleaning, seat pocket cleaning, ashtray cleaning,

galley cleaning, toilet cleaning and replenishment, floor cleaning and blanket


However, the post COVID-19 pandemic has introduced another activity called

Aircraft Cabin Disinfection. This activity is to ensure that the aircraft cabin is free

from infection. It is important to note that the chemicals used for the disinfection is

approved by IATA/EASA and the Airlines.

The areas that require disinfection are

1. Cabin which includes;

Overhead bins, Ceiling, Sidewall panels, Windows, Seats (tray tables, armrests,

passenger control units and decorative panels), headrests, cabinets/lockers

bulkheads, magazine racks, cabin attendant seats

2. Lavatory

Toilet bowls, Waste bins, Basins Lavatory sidewall, Ceiling, Door assembly

(door surfaces, door handles, locking device and if installed, ashtrays)

*Galley* is excluded if catering is stored and most importantly *Cockpit* is a

no-go area (forbidden)

Application mode

Application mode is different considering the areas to be cleaned/disinfected:

1. Application mode 1: “Direct Spray + Wipe-off” technique.

2. Application mode 2: “Wet-Wipe-On with dampened cloth / Wipe-Off”


3. Application mode 3: Wet-Wipe-On with dampened cloth / Wet wipe water

rinsing / Wipe-Off” technique.

After aircraft cleaning and disinfection, a form is handed over to the Purser to

endorse that cleaning and disinfection are satisfactory.


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