Saturday, February 06, 2016

Flight to Delhi delayed after mosquitoes join passengers

Mumbai: A Jet Airways flight to Delhi was delayed after a swarm of mosquitoes were found on board. One passenger refused to fly with the mosquitoes and voluntarily deplaned. The flight, which was to depart at 6:10 am on February 1, was delayed by 15 minutes, as the crew sprayed repellent.
Passengers, some of whom went online to complain about the 'bus load of freeloading mosquitoes' accompanying them onboard, were informed by the crew that the mosquitoes had made their way into the aircraft after it had been parked overnight in Mumbai and was allotted a bay close to a mosquito-infested drain adjoining the T2.
Jet Airways officials said that the airline had taken up the issue with the airport authorities on numerous occasions but it had not helped. "There is a limit to spraying repellent inside the aircraft," said one official. "The mosquito menace is an airport problem and not an airline one."
While the Mumbai airport authorities are struggling to fight the mosquito menace at T2, the entire apron area (where planes are parked, unloaded, refuelled and boarded) has come under attack from the mosquitoes that have made the area adjoining the Mithi River their breeding ground.
06/02/16 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror
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