Bed Bugs Now Frequent Fliers on Airlines
The Huffington Post
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Going through my travel checklist, I have my toothbrush and
toothpaste, brought plenty of socks and didn't forget my sunscreen.
Now I'm sitting in row 32 seat B and all I can think of is how many
times the lady sitting next to me has scratched her arm. Close
quarters on this major airline carrier. Suddenly, I'm thinking that
maybe I should have brought some bug spray. 403 seats mean 403
chances to get bed bugs!
In the ever-changing travel business, we as consumers have to
stay up on all of the latest rules and regulations. One day you
can't bring an open plastic bottle of water on a flight and the
next you are being charged for your checked luggage. Now, an
underreported concern that most are unaware of is finding its way
onto your airplanes too -- bed bugs!
This past year, cases of planes having to be treated for bed
bugs have been on the rise. While most of us are worrying if our
flight will be on time and if we remembered to pack enough socks,
bed bugs are making their way into our business class seats.
This is why I've compiled some tips to keep in mind when
• When making flight reservations, ask the airline
representative what steps they take to keep bed bugs out of their
• For packing your luggage, use an over the counter bed bug
spray such as Pronto Plus. Spray the inside and outside of
your empty luggage. Always follow the instructions on the
• Once on the flight, personally inspect your seating and
• Be sure to look for shed bed bug skins/shells, reddish brown
streaks or spots and bed bug eggs -- you may even see a bed bug if
there is a high level of infestation on the aircraft.
• If you see any signs of bed bugs, notify the cabin crew
• Use your own travel pillow, not an airline provided
• Afterwards, be sure to carefully inspect your luggage once you
leave the baggage claim. If you spot bed bugs or eggs, notify the
appropriate parties immediately.
You can also check out additional tips for preventing a bed bug
• How to Detect Bedbugs while Traveling
• How to Detect Bedbugs in the Home
• How To Detect Bedbugs In a Vehicle
Always remember, there are many things we can do to stay bed bug
free, but the most important personal protection tip to keep in
mind is to stay educated. Education is the key to
staying bed bug free.