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December 18, 2017

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Bed bugs take flight

A Canadian family's horror aboard a BA flight

Imagine being bitten by bedbugs before you arrive at your destination, before you check into your hotel, before you even lay down to sleep. A Canadian mother and her 7-year-old daughter along with the mom’s fiancé have reported being bitten by the critters following a nine-hour British Airways flight from Vancouver to London. They noticed the bugs crawling out of the seat in front of them, but couldn’t be moved because there weren’t any available places. In a recent Toronto Star article, Murray Isman, a UBC professor of entomology and toxicology, said with the increase in personal travel and the spread of the insect globally, it’s not surprising bedbugs are finding their way onto airplanes. To protect themselves, travellers may want to invest in a plastic seat cover and bring their own blankets and pillows on long-haul flights.

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