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Pesticide spraying in cabin - health risks and a bs justification?

Pesticide spraying in cabin - health risks and a bs justification?

Old Aug 27, 12, 1:32 am
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Pesticide spraying in cabin - health risks and a bs justification?

On a recent BA flight departing from Honkers, there was a short announcement made about spraying the cabin and then the purser walked through down one aisle and up the other with two cans spraying stuff into the air. The british businessman who I'd been chatting with across the divider covered his nose/mouth with a hankerchief(always prepared ^) while I held my breath. It did cause my eyes to get watery though and I was wondering what it was.

If you look on their website(URL below), they indicate that it was MANDATORY to spray in the Honkers flight along with flights departing from PEK and PVG. However, I've flown China Eastern and Air China on those routes and don't seem to recall the spraying(who knows though, the spray could be affecting my memory).

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...o/public/en_us

Anyway, do people here think that their justification holds water? IE, that they're MANDATED to spray the cabin by the WHO? How harmful/toxic is the spray anyway?

I loved the service and the Bucks Fizz, but I don't appreciate breathing in pesticides.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 1:45 am
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That's insane. Why don't they spray right after they finish "cleaning" the cabin, before the passengers are onboard? Significantly safer for all involved. And a good reminder why you should wipe down every surface in the plane before using it.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 1:56 am
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Pesticide spraying in cabin - health risks and a bs justification?

Same from CAI and African destinations. I think it is a UK govt requirement. It's to kill any insects which might be carrying disease so it would be pointless to do it after cleaning, it has to be done after the doors are closed. Perfectly safe.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:10 am
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I wonder if this is an area whereBritish regulations differ from, say, US regulations? Either way, if the authorities allow spraying during taxi, I'm going to use my phone. Logically either both are safe or neither.





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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by highpeaklad View Post
Same from CAI and African destinations. I think it is a UK govt requirement. It's to kill any insects which might be carrying disease so it would be pointless to do it after cleaning, it has to be done after the doors are closed. Perfectly safe.
It may very well be a UK gov requirement(link available?) but BA at least is claiming that they're mandated to do so by the WHO(does the WHO even have legal competency to require this?).

Regardless, I've never experienced it in travel to a first-world destination. The only time that's happened is when Air France fumigated the cabin in Lome, that was disgusting.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:26 am
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It's quite common from hot/humid countries inbound to Europe.
I've had it with ORY-bound AF from caribbean, or LHR-bound from various other countries.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:29 am
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WHO mandate that aircraft must be sprayed under certain conditions (such as SARS outbreaks) but otherwise I think that WHO rules state that it's down to the individual countries involved. The UK sprays planes from quite a few places, including HKG, and some other countries (Aus and India, for instance) mandate the sprayingn for inbound aircraft. Can't really see a problem with it, to be honest.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:32 am
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I had this on a recent business trip to Bangalore. What surprised me wasn't the return flight from BLR to LHR (I completely get that there might have been some insects carrying something undesirable on the return), but that they also did this on the outbound flight. Just what dangerous disease using an insect attack vector are we meant to be sending to India from London?!
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:40 am
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They sprayed the cabin on my recent Emirates flight, DXB-HYD. However I don't recall the same thing on the return.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:50 am
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Just to add to the list, I had it on a Thai flight from BKK to LHR
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:51 am
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I've had this on quite a few flights on different carriers. Perfectly normal and nothing to get worried about. I'm quite sure that airlines would not do it unless they had to.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 2:54 am
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Completely normal, and nothing to worry about (and I'm not even mentioning cosmic rays)...

http://ostpxweb.dot.gov/policy/safet...sinsection.htm

Has a nice short summary (from a US-centric point of view). The UK is listed as requiring spraying "from malarial countries" so is possibly seasonal.

And here, from the horse's mouth http://www.who.int/ith/mode_of_trave...sinsection/en/

Passengers are sometimes concerned about their exposure to insecticide sprays during air travel, and some have reported feeling unwell after spraying of aircraft for disinsection. However, WHO has found no evidence that the specified insecticide sprays are harmful to human health when used as recommended.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 5:19 am
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They used to always do it on the Carribean flights too. I have no issue with it whatsoever.

Think we are making a mountain out of a molehill if people think its dangerous to their health. Cabin crew must be exposed to it regularly, and they don't seem to have an issue with it.

You probably eat more pesticides on a plate of salad.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 5:19 am
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Originally Posted by jerumagrinberga View Post
On a recent BA flight departing from Honkers, there was a short announcement made about spraying the cabin and then the purser walked through down one aisle and up the other with two cans spraying stuff into the air. The british businessman who I'd been chatting with across the divider covered his nose/mouth with a hankerchief(always prepared ^) while I held my breath. It did cause my eyes to get watery though and I was wondering what it was.

If you look on their website(URL below), they indicate that it was MANDATORY to spray in the Honkers flight along with flights departing from PEK and PVG. However, I've flown China Eastern and Air China on those routes and don't seem to recall the spraying(who knows though, the spray could be affecting my memory).

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...o/public/en_us

Anyway, do people here think that their justification holds water? IE, that they're MANDATED to spray the cabin by the WHO? How harmful/toxic is the spray anyway?

I loved the service and the Bucks Fizz, but I don't appreciate breathing in pesticides.

Same I the flights Bom
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Old Aug 27, 12, 5:19 am
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Had it on Thomas Cook on a flight back from The Gambia in January
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