An internal memo obtained by USA Today states that flight crews are to focus cleaning efforts on high-touch areas like tray tables and lavatories before takeoff and that armrests and seat belts will no longer be wiped down between flights.
USA Today reports that the memo specifically says the tray tables and lavatories “are the most important areas to clean between each flight as they are prone to contamination from customer use and food/beverage consumption.”
Southwest spokeswoman Ro Hawthorne said Southwest aircraft will be “disinfected during our overnight cleaning process, when Southwest Teams spend six to seven hours per aircraft cleaning all interior surfaces,” according to CNN.
Disinfecting wipes will be available for customers onboard Southwest airplanes.
The company made headlines back in May when another internal memo stated that customers would not be denied permission to board planes if they refused to wear a mask. That policy has since been reversed and face coverings are now required, according to Southwest.com.
To view the full Southwest Airlines policy for enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures, click here.