Over 100 Cockroaches ‘Invade’ Two International Flights, Cabin and Toilets Infested

Can you bear the thought of sharing a long-haul flight with a noisy troublemaker? Well, that might be more bearable than an infestation of roaches! Ewwwwww.

The passengers of two international flights headed for China had the misfortune of sharing their trip with over 100 cockroaches that infested the cabin, toilets, and the cargo area.

According to reports posted on several local news outlets, including South China Morning Post, both flights were headed for the southern Chinese city of Kunming. It is unknown whether both planes also came from the same airport.

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Media outlets refused to release the names of the airlines involved or the flight details – only that the planes were bound for Kunming when the roaches were discovered.

What’s also for sure is that both planes experienced the same problem and were intercepted by pest control officers and inspectors from the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau on Friday, October 13 at Kunming Changshui International Airport, in the province of Yunnan.

To make sure that the problem won’t affect future flights for both planes, the pest control teams made a thorough check of the planes. An airport official who requested media to withhold his name revealed that the cockroaches were found in the cargo hold, toilets, cabin, and even in the catering area of the plane.

Both planes have since been thoroughly fumigated.

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According to the airport official, the quarantine inspectors identified the pests as German cockroaches or Blattella germanica. The roaches are undergoing examination to check whether these were carrying pathogens but officials have warned both airlines to improve hygiene on their planes.

While the airline names were not released, at least one was believed to be a Chinese company as Chinese characters were written on the headrests of the chairs being inspected by the quarantine officials.

Let’s just hope this does not happen again. Whew!

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