An Airline Crew Refused To Fly After A Sizeable Bed Bug Presence Was Spotted On Board
One cannot help but to be amazed at how many times bed bugs have caused problems on board airline flights. After the last story made the rounds on the internet, many people likely thought that another airline-related bed bug issue could not, in all probability, reoccur. However, after a previous incident involving passengers being attacked by bed bugs on an airline became public a few months ago, a new story involving bed bugs on an airline is making the news. Recently, pilots for British Airways were forced to ground a jet due to the presence of bed bugs on board a flight.
While a British Airways flight was headed down the runway ready to take-off, passengers and flight crew noticed bed bugs climbing over the seats. The bed bugs were numerous enough to be seen from a short distance with the naked eye. Shortly before the plane took flight, the cabin crew complained about the bed bugs to the pilots, and the plane was grounded in order to vacate all passengers and crew. It was not until four hours later that the flight from Heathrow airport in London took off for its destination in Ghana.
British Airways has been under heavy scrutiny for a variety of reasons during the past few months. One common criticism directed toward the airline involves poor cleaning standards, and the hiring of cheap cleaning contractors. This most recent issue involving mass amounts of bed bugs on the seats of one of their planes only seems to confirm the rumors concerning cheap cleaning practices. Complaints alleging poor customer service and numerous cuts in employee benefits have also been directed toward the airline. One news source has claimed that bed bugs have been spotted multiple times on British Airways flights from Las Vegas to London. A spokesperson for the airline claimed that the bed bug infested plane had been taken out of service.
Do you think that keeping bed bugs off of airlines would be difficult given the prevalence of bed bugs in the world today?