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Bed Bugs on British Airways Flight

Bed Bugs on British Airways Flight
Meg Butler

A British Airways passenger, Heather Szilagyi, 38, claims that she and her 7-year-old daughter were bitten severely by bed bugs while on a recent flight from Vancouver to Heathrow.

Szilagyi says that she saw the bed bugs “crawling over her seat” but the cabin crew would not allow her or her daughter to change seats.

She told The Sun:

“It was about half-an-hour to an hour into the flight I saw one. It was coming out of the back of the TV screen.

“Our food came out and I went to put the tray down on my lap. I saw what was maybe a flax seed – but it started moving – it was a bug.

“Once we got to the Airbnb that we were staying in, we went to sleep. My daughter had a few bites on her thighs but when she woke up she was covered, she had them all over. It was just so bad and awful, my daughter was bleeding.”

A BA spokesman said incidents of bedbugs on aircraft are very rare, but do happen ‘occasionally’ and are dealt with seriously.

For more information on this story, go to The Sun.

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  1. CashRevert

    October 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm


  2. UncleDude

    October 17, 2017 at 6:04 am

    How does anybody know these are Bed Bugs and Not Service Animal Flees or indeed fleas from any Small Dog allowed in The Cabin.

    Until all Animals are confined to Holds this is going to continue to happen. Not sure what to do with Unwashed Passengers LOL.

  3. HarryHolden68

    October 19, 2017 at 3:32 am

    “Passengers have told us that they would like a choice of additional protein while enjoying our new BoB policy. We are therefore pleased to announce that this will be available to some passengers on limited flights at no extra cost. Due to customer demand, we apologise if bed bugs are not available on your flight”.

  4. LostAntipod

    October 19, 2017 at 6:39 am

    @cashrevert and @uncledude
    A number of stories like this on the BA forum over the years
    I’ve never seen a dog in an aircraft cabin or a hotel room in 25 years of business travel, and well over 500 sectors, but I have seen bed bugs – and they are much bigger than the fleas my cat once had back in the day, easier to catch, and make a much bigger mess when you squish them. Please feel free to reply and tell me I am making it up #fakenews
    Anyway – everyone knows Service Animals Flees (sic) wear a sign asking you not to touch or distract them while on duty.

  5. rjlon

    November 7, 2017 at 8:58 am

    As matter of interest I have seen dogs on planes. As I have a severe allergy to Golden Retrievers and BA crew sat a blind passenger across the aisle from me at the last minute and refused to allow me to change seats “as it would delay the flight” (shuttle London to Glasgow), I had to offload from the flight. Luckily it was flexible ticket and I got company Carlsson to switch me to British Midland flight when swelling in my nose and throat had gone down. So it does happen. No fleas though and I felt bad as it was not the Blind passenger’s problem.

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