|Quoting Latinplane (Reply 1):|
So exactly how will they make sure that they don't get any pest on board the aircraft FATflyer? I've been wondering all along how they can actually do this...I mean, what if let's say a Mediterranean fruit fly were to fly into the cargo hold while they are loading the luggage. Isn't this what the whole fuss is about? Do they even have these in Mexico?
|Quoting Navega (Reply 4):|
How can they anyone really tell how a Fruit Fly got into the area.
The problem for Fresno is that fruit flies like the Medfly eat citrus and soft fruits like figs and peaches and plums and don't forget grapes. They are very different than other flies. Over 260 different fruits and vegetables appeal to the Medfly, over 50 to the Mexican Fruit Fly. Fresno County produces over 250 different crops so there is quite a bit of concern across the board.
I understand that typically the problem is not with adult flies in the hold but with larva being carried in fresh fruit.
Once there is an outbreak in an area, a quarantine is placed on shipment of fruit out of an area of a few miles to 500 sq miles (depends on the infestation size) by not only the US but other nation's governments. Since the Fresno area is the US's largest exporter of agricultural products a quarantine would have serious repercussions.
Yes they have had outbreaks in Mexico of Medflies, there is also the Mexican Fruit Fly. There was a medfly outbreak and fruit quarantine in Tijuana in 2004 and another near the Guatemala border a few years back.
has agreed to post signs and make announcements telling pax not to carry fruit to Fresno. Once the flight arrives USDA trained dogs will sniff all luggage and cargo for fruit. Any fruit found will immediately be destroyed in either an incinerator or an autoclave, I'm not sure about the final procedure selected.
I also heard that MX
had made some kind of agreement that if an infestation occurred and it was traced to Mexico (DNA?) then flights to FAT
would stop. But I haven't confirmed that agreement.
|Quoting Latinplane (Reply 1):|
And really, while it could be a problem, why isn't it a problem with the hundreds of flights that come into California's airports every week from some very remote and tropical destinations.
The real problem is when people carry fruit from that area home to eat or as a gift for someone and it contains larva (worms). People tend to just throw it out allowing the larva to live, grow and breed.
Currently tropical flights only land in California's major urban areas. So the fruit flies only find a few sources of food growing on people's backyard trees.
BUT in 2005 there were still discoveries of various fruit flies in the cities. There were medfly and mexfly fruit fly discoveries leading to quarantines with treatment in Pomona and Fontana near ONT
, in the SJC
area, and in Alameda County. Other finds were in San Diego County, LA
County and in Orange County. All near airports but fortunately in urban areas which limited the available host fruits.
So that is why the concerns locally.
Yes, arrival at 12:35PM depart at 1:35AM planned for the A318.