'I had a hard time breathing': Changes urged over airplane cabin fumigation
Despite potential health issues, travellers don't have to be informed before flight
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April 15, 2019 - by Rosa Marchitelli for cbc.ca
- Despite potential health issues, travellers don't have to be informed before flight
Rania Khunaysir didn't see it coming when she booked a last-minute Caribbean vacation for her young family.
The Toronto parent had no idea the airplane cabin would be fumigated with them on board just before they landed in Jamaica, despite guidelines that say passengers should be clearly and repeatedly informed of the requirement before they fly.
"Suddenly there was an announcement on the intercom saying that [flight attendants will] be walking down the aisle spraying a non-toxic insecticide ... I thought insecticide doesn't sound non-toxic," Khunaysir told Go Public about the family's flight last August.
"I don't want to be inhaling this pesticide," Khunaysir said.
More than two dozen countries, such as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, require airlines to spray insecticides on flights that arrive from Canada. The process is meant to kill insects that could spread disease...