Last year I wrote about the American Airlines Roach Coach, a Boeing 777 that had to be taken out of service for more than two months because of an insect infestation. Today it flies mostly to London Heathrow and back.
American Airlines widebody aircraft find themselves in a variety of countries, taking on a variety of cargo, and with passengers bringing on things that they probably don’t want to disclose to customs. Planes get infested with a variety of insects. American has a new procedure for dealing with cockroaches in particular – and only on their widebody aircraft.
- Follow up treatments are being scheduled
- They’re being set up at “achievable intervals” (American doesn’t have enough widebody aircraft, so doesn’t want these planes out of service frequently)
- And they’re monitoring to ensure the treatments happen.
According to a change in procedure memo dated August 1st though, when cockroaches are sighted on board it is literally an option to defer treatment.
Cockroaches now have their own dedicated procedure at American Airlines. Notably, other pests including “bed bugs, flying or other crawling insects” are handled differently – with just a “single, ad-hoc treatment process.”