Ontario International Airport Welcomes Back Passengers
Ontario International Airport (ONT) announced last week several initiatives undertaken to keep facilities clean and welcome travelers back to the airport with open arms.
As part of the announcement ONT released a video showing many of the steps taken to help make passengers return safe and secure. The precautionary measures include:
- Installation of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Vending Machines which offer face covers, disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Deep cleaning of public and employee areas of the airport, such as restrooms, lunchrooms and retail and dining concessions with high-powered disinfectant.
- More intensive efforts to sanitize high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, hand railings, counters and water fountains.
- Additional hand sanitizer stations positioned throughout the airport.
- Passenger screening trays treated with powerful antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of bacteria on tray surfaces remain in use at security checkpoints.
- Placement of appropriately spaced floor markers throughout the terminals to encourage proper social distancing.
Ontario also directed its contractor, Diverse Facility Solutions, to spray every surface of the airport nightly with a highly effective disinfectant using Protexus, a cordless electrostatic sprayer that charges a dilution of a 3M disinfectant product known to be effective against coronaviruses. The fine mist adheres to hard, non-porous surfaces as well as to soft surfaces such as fabrics and upholstery. The electrostatic charge causes the spray to attach to the surface bringing 360-degree, touchless disinfection and sanitizing capabilities. The product dries in 10 minutes.
“We recognize that as travelers return to the airport in greater numbers, they may have questions about the safeguards put in place to help reduce exposure to potentially harmful bacteria and viruses,” said Mark Thorpe, ONT’s chief executive officer. “Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have intensified practices for keeping passenger terminals clean, undertaken new initiatives to increase confidence among customers that they are safe in our airport and worked hard to prepare for the day when airline passengers return to more normal travel routines.”