Alaska Airlines Pulls Pillows and Blankets ... To Fight Swine Flu

Posted May 5, 2009 by Carl Unger

Alaska Airlines' planes have all been
stripped of their pillows and blankets as a way to combat the flu outbreak. So, presumably for as long as H1N1 is stirring up trouble, you won't find these amenities on Alaska.

Alaska may be the first airline to pull its pillows and blankets due to the flu, but it's hardly the first airline to do so in the past few months. JetBlue started charging passengers for pillows and blankets last summer, and US Airways did the same earlier this year. In both those cases, passengers were happy. After all, those pillows were kind of gross, right? I mean, how often were they sanitized?

It's that exact sense of ickiness that's behind Alaska's decision, albeit with the added and somewhat more real threat of a widespread flu outbreak.

Alaska will also complete a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of its planes overnight. Flight attendants will use a "virucidal" sanitizer to wipe out any traces of viruses that may be left behind. Aircraft arriving from Mexico will also receive an extra cleaning before the next group of passengers boards.


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hey howre yall ur still gonna get swine flu

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 10:07 AM by ghf

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