British Airways fumigates two 747-400s for bedbugs

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Adding to the list of unusual British Airways aircraft circumstances and possible contaminates (such as the 2006 radiation scare) is the news that British Airways has fumigated two Boeing 747-400 aircraft for bedbugs, the creatures that became endemic last year in America.

The carrier confirmed to the Daily Mail that it found bedbugs on one of the aircraft but not the other.

“We are vigilant about the issue and continually monitor our aircraft, a spokesman says. ”Whenever any report of bed bugs is received, we launch a thorough investigation and, if appropriate, remove the aircraft from service and use specialist teams to treat it.”

The grounding and fumigation followed one passenger’s alleged gnarly encounter with bedbugs in World Traveller Plus on two flights: London to Los Angeles and Bangalore to London.

Passenger Zane Selkirk says BA did not take her complaint seriously at first, leading her to create the website BA Bites, which in turn prompted BA to take action.

“I discovered bugs crawling literally all over me, multiple generations of bugs were found to be infesting my seat and headrest,” Selkirk says.

“I turned on my light to find bugs crawling on my blanket and a bed bug blood-spattered shirt. I left my ten-hour flight to find my body covered with 90 bug bites. All I can be sure of is that when I got on the plane my skin was clear of bites. When I got off, I had 90.”

The next time you have a bad airline experience, think again before you say that airline bites.

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3 Responses to British Airways fumigates two 747-400s for bedbugs

  1. Jodi 28 February, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow, that is just awful! I can’t imagine sitting in the middle of a bed bug infestation. Gross.

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