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Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:44 am

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?

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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:04 am

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.
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:20 am

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.
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:31 am

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

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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:36 am

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.

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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 6:26 am

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

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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:26 am

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.
 
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 10:27 am

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
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:18 pm

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.
 
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:19 pm

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...
 
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:15 pm

This use to be very common on many, many international flights in the 1960's.
 
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:30 pm

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...
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:45 pm

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

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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:18 am

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.
 
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RE: Disinfectant Inside The Cabin During Pushback

Sat Jul 09, 2005 4:37 am

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.
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