A British Airways 747 flying from JFK to London Heathrow (LHR) last week reported passengers that were bitten by bed bugs. In fact, apparently the problem was so serious that an entire row (47) of passengers were relocated as sightings of the bugs and their eggs were noted. However, it seems that once the flight arrived in London, the plane was not fumigated or treated, instead it flew on to Cape Town (CPT) where once again bugs were spotted.
BA issued the following statement:
“Reports of bed bugs on board are extremely rare. Nevertheless, we continually monitor our aircraft. 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 presence of bed bugs is an issue faced occasionally by hotels and airlines all over the world. British Airways operates more than 280,000 flights every year, and reports of bed bugs on board are extremely rare. Nevertheless, we are vigilant about the issue and continually monitor our aircraft.”
This isn’t the first bed bug report for British Airways. Last year, passenger Mark Krafft posted this photo: