Flight attendants are primarily on board to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers, these IndiGo flight attendants are going to extra mile by using electric mosquito bats to remove mosquitoes from the aircraft. Eyebrows were raised among some passengers, but according to the airline the use of mosquito bats is a perfectly normal procedure.
IndiGo replied: “we acknowledge this issue. While insects/mosquitoes can’t be completely guarded against, we take preventive measures like regular spraying of insecticide & placing mosquito repellent patches to minimize the discomfort. In exceptional circumstances, we also use mosquito bats to remove the mosquitoes.”
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There is a first for everything, but the use of mosquito bats isn’t 100% effective though. Furthermore, malaria is present in all areas throughout the country, including cities of Bombay (Mumbai) and Delhi, except none in areas >2,000 m (6,562 ft) in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Sikkim (see Map 3-29). (See more detailed information about malaria in India).
IndiGo is speaking about minimizing discomfort for passengers. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that airlines must make use of insecticide for insect and disease control:
Many countries require disinsection of aircraft arriving from countries where diseases that are spread by insects, such as malaria and yellow fever, occur. There have been a number of cases of malaria affecting individuals who live or work in the vicinity of airports in countries where malaria is not present, thought to be due to the escape of malaria-carrying mosquitoes transported on aircraft. Some countries, e.g. Australia and New Zealand, routinely carry out disinsection to prevent the inadvertent introduction of species that may harm their agriculture.
Disinsection is a public health measure that is recommended by the International Health Regulations (Annex 5). It involves treatment of the interior of the aircraft with insecticides specified by WHO. The different procedures currently in use are as follows:
- treatment of the interior of the aircraft using a quick-acting insecticide spray immediately before take-off, with the passengers on board;
- treatment of the interior of the aircraft on the ground before passengers come on board, using a residual-insecticide aerosol, plus additional in-flight treatment with a quick-acting spray shortly before landing; and
- regular application of a residual insecticide to all internal surfaces of the aircraft, except those in food preparation areas.
Passengers are sometimes concerned about their exposure to insecticide sprays during air travel, and some have reported feeling unwell after spraying of aircraft for disinsection. However, WHO has found no evidence that the specified insecticide sprays are harmful to human health when used as recommended.
- Report of the WHO Ad-hoc Advisory Group on aircraft disinsection for controlling the international spread of vector-borne diseases
- Report of an international consultation on the methodology for risk mapping of the international spread of vector-borne diseases via air travel
- Report of a WHO consultation on methods and operating procedures for aircraft disinsection