Yes, Bed Bugs can Attack you on an Air plane

Passengers in such close proximity can spread bed bugs.

Bed Bugs can attack human beings almost anywhere humans are.  We have received numerous reports of bed bug attacks in homes, hotels, condominiums, rental cars, passenger trains and even airplanes.  Airplanes are particularly susceptible to infestations due to the many thousands of passengers that board and deplane every day.  Many larger aircraft will fly to multiple countries in a given day.  Think about the number of people, their checked luggage and carry on items.  Any of these items could be infested with bed bugs, which leaves the aircraft vulnerable to an infestation.

There have been many reports on the news about American Airlines passengers and crew being attacked by bed bugs.  Recent articles and reports on travel websites like give hotel guests and flight passengers the ability to record their experiences online for others to see.  Click here  to read some recent experiences passengers have had on American Airlines Flights.

What do I do about bed bugs when boarding a flight?

When you are boarding any flight, ask the flight attendants if they have had any bed bug complaints on this particular aircraft.  Make sure to take the name and description of the person you spoke to.  You should act as a police detective when gathering this information, nobody else will do it for you.  If you are attacked during the flight, you will know who you spoke to and can present this information when filing a claim.

How do I check for bed bugs?

When you take your seat, take time to inspect the seat and surrounding areas.  Just like in a hotel, you are looking for black spots, eggs and especially live bugs.  The overhead light will usually provide little assistance (especially on a night flight) so use the flashlight feature built into your smartphone.  If you do not have one, ask the flight attendant for a flashlight to inspect the area.  If you can, look under the seat and in the corners.  If you find live bugs, or other evidence of a bed bug infestation, demand that your seat be moved or that your flight be changed.  Considering the amount of pain and suffering the victim of a bed bug attack experiences, you will be thankful that you changed planes to avoid it.

Bed Bugs can crawl onto your luggage and infest your home.

Bed Bugs affect Flight Attendants and Passengers

Flight attendants and pilots are on these airplanes for hours on end.  FAA rules require flight attendants and pilots are to take naps in rest areas on larger aircraft.  A public transportation vehicle such as an airplane cannot be kept perfectly clean all the time.  Bed bugs will thrive where there is frequent turnover of people.  On airplanes, passengers are in extremely close proximity to one another.  On most flights, passengers share armrests and have their clothing touch the entire flight.  People are also not generally able to move around much other than on the plane.  Further, passengers belongings are required to stay in the overhead compartments the entire flight or under the seats.

These are the perfect conditions for bed bugs to jump from person to person.  This is exactly why airlines must take extra careful precautions to ensure that their aircraft are safe and sanitary for their guests.  Extreme care and treatment of the aircraft must be done in order to prevent the establishment and growth of a bed bug infestation and prevent transmission to unsuspecting guests.

Call a Bed Bug Lawyer Today

The bed bug attorneys at Bed Bug Law represent individuals nationwide. Call us today at 855-533-5552 and speak with one of our bed bug attorneys. We will never charge a fee unless we make a recovery for you.

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