Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback  
User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Posted (9 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6356 times:

Hey everyone!

2 weeks ago I flew GRU-MEX with RG's 777. It was an amazing flight, the 777 is an amazing aircraft.

While pushback, they started saying in portuguese something about applying Mexican sanitary measures before the flight took off. All of a sudden I heard this spray noise going at the rare of the cabin and then 4 FA's appeared with 2 bottles of some kind of disinfectant that were being emptied while they walked with them to the front of the aircraft.

Then we had this huge cloud of this thing in the air and people started coughing and covering their faces. As I saw that the lady besides me and I took a pillow and pushed it towards our face in order to avoid that. I use contact lenses, so I had my eyes all irritated for around one hour of the flight.

After the FA passed they said the announcement in Spanish and English (when everyone was crying).

I never heard or seen something similar before. I've traveled in several carriers and that was totally new for me. Does anyone know if they do that in other airlines for travelling to another country?

Is it really necessary?

Cheers

Alonso


KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6306 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

I flew on Yemenia recently and the purser made an announcement before landing that insecticide spray would be sprayed throughout the cabin by the FA's due to a World Health Organisation rule. The FA's went through the cabin with a deodorant-style can spraying the cabin, leaving a very strong smell in the cabin air. This only happened on the SAH-DXB-DAC and DAC-DXB-SAH-ADE-LHR flights, not on the flight originating from London.


In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6259 times:

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 1):
not on the flight originating from London.

Exactly, the same thing happened to me. It was only from GRU to MEX, not the other way around.



KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6226 times:

They do similar things on flights arriving in the Grand Cayman Islands.

AAndrew


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6206 times:

Do a search next time as this has been discussed a million times. You will find this practice in most tropical and/or underdeveloped countries due to illnesses such as Malaria, etc.

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlineWorldXplorer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6142 times:

Years ago (1989?) I flew a CO 742 HNL-LAX. The a/c had just complete MNL-GUM-HNL for AirMike prior to my flight. The FA's warned us to keep an eye out for "critters" crawling around the plane. They said after coming from MNL and GUM they had huge insect problems. I suppose insecticide may not be a bad idea with that in mind.  Smile

WorldXplorer


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6083 times:

I had this on an EK flight from DXB to LGW in 2002... they told us it was some kind of W H O rule.

User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 5983 times:

It's a procedure called disinsection.

Countries requiring the disinsection of all in-bound flights with an aerosolized spray while passengers are on board:

* Seychelles
* Grenada
* India
* Kiribati
* Madagascar
* Trinidad and Tobago
* Uruguay

Countries requiring the disinsection of all in-bound flights but allowing, as an alternative to the above approach, either (a) the residual method or (b) the application of an aerosolized spray while passengers are not on board

Country Method
Australia Residual
Barbados Residual
China Residual
Cook Islands Residual
Fiji Residual
Jamaica Residual
New Zealand Residual
Panama Spraying

Countries that require disinsection of selected flights:

Country Flight From

Czech Republic Areas of contagious diseases
Indonesia Infected areas
South Africa Areas of malaria or yellow fever
Switzerland Intertropical Africa
United Kingdom Malarial countries


Guam requires disinsection, but permits the residual method, of all flights from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and the Republic of the Marshal Islands and, during certain months, of flights from Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Information taken from the US DOT website



"If you've ever had a filet this good, welcome back." - Ruth Fertel
User currently offlineEuclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5817 times:

The same thing was done on a B737 of Air Austral when flying from Johannesburg to Reunion. On the way there we landed in Madagascar and the same was done there before departure.

I must say, though, that we never experienced any of the problems as mentioned in some of the replies. Whatever it was that they sprayed smelled like peach and was very pleasant, no irritation of the airways or the eyes. I was quite sorry once the smell went away.

I think the reason they do it on their flights is due to the fact that Reunion managed to eradicate malaria from their island, and this is a measure to make sure that no mosquitoes can make the trip to Reunion.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7401 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

It is not disinfectant. It is INSECTICIDE !!!

It is done to prevent disease from mosquito's bites (malaria, etc...) to be transmitted.

Did you know that every year some people working at CDG (I'm sure it's the same everywhere else), especially ground staff/Cargo handlers get sick with malaria, even if they have NEVER left France in their life ?

Lazy mosquitoes can sometimes travel by plane too...


User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5727 times:

This use to be very common on many, many international flights in the 1960's.

User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5642 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 9):
It is not disinfectant. It is INSECTICIDE !!!

It is done to prevent disease from mosquito's bites (malaria, etc...) to be transmitted.

Did you know that every year some people working at CDG (I'm sure it's the same everywhere else), especially ground staff/Cargo handlers get sick with malaria, even if they have NEVER left France in their life ?

Lazy mosquitoes can sometimes travel by plane too...

And like mentionned by FLYSSC, I even heard about people living in the 5 kms perimeter of CDG being infected by malaria...



Life is great at 41.000 feet...
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5628 times:

I've had it on an Air Mauritus flight from Mauritius to Cape Town, a flight attendant was spraying the cabin before taxying...

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7401 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 5600 times:

This is a requirement by the authorities. It's not the decision of an airline.
It has to be done after the doors have been closed, usually during taxiing or during the climb.

The number of can of insecticide to be used is edicted by the authorities also.
I think it's 2 for an A320/B737, 4 for an A310, 6 for an A330/A340.
The cabin has to be sprayed as well as galleys, the lavatories and crew rest.


User currently offlineRichardnhsv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 473 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 week ago) and read 5496 times:

FlySSC...
If you are referring to my previous post... I never said it was disinfection. Please reread the post. It says disinsection, which is indeed insecticide.



"If you've ever had a filet this good, welcome back." - Ruth Fertel
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Ring Tones In The Cabin During Flight posted Thu Jul 21 2005 20:49:34 by Mainrunway
Why Can't You Take Pets With You Inside The Cabin? posted Wed Mar 10 2004 12:11:14 by Fuffla
Delta MD11 Emergency Chute Opened Inside The Cabin posted Sun Apr 7 2002 18:20:32 by Bobcat
Taking Photographs In The Cabin posted Sat Aug 19 2006 13:42:03 by Baguy
Clouds In The Cabin? posted Sat Aug 5 2006 18:36:10 by IFEMaster
Air Canada Ban Pets In The Cabin posted Fri May 12 2006 17:49:39 by AIRCANL1011
"Spraying The Cabin Is Humiliating" posted Thu Apr 20 2006 19:16:43 by Andz
Inside The Belly Of The Beast posted Thu Mar 16 2006 18:37:23 by Pihero
Wing Spars In The Cabin? posted Tue Dec 27 2005 18:55:03 by Timz
What Exactly Is The Job Of The Cabin Crew? posted Tue Oct 18 2005 23:05:03 by EK156