Bed Bug Infestation at Major US Airport

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has reported a bed bug infestation at Terminal 4, which is the airline’s largest terminal home to both Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, which both have a hub here. The airport is in the midst of a Terminal Modernization project, however that’s going on over at Terminal 3.

When it comes to bed bugs, we know they’re quite common at major NYC hotels, on British Airways flights, and now at airports. These critters were found on several padded benches at the airport, and they have since been removed. We don’t usually hear about bed bugs in airports, but I’m not all that surprised, since there are so many travelers passing through each-day, some could have climbed out of carry-on luggage even!

Per AZ Central,

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport removed three padded benches at Terminal 4 because of a bedbug infestation, officials there said Wednesday. 

The benches were in the pre-security area on Level 3 near America’s Taco Shop and Yogurtology. Sky Harbor officials say the infestation was contained to this area of the airport’s busiest terminal.

Sky Harbor also had bedbugs several years ago in a separate, padded seating area, officials said. The seating was immediately removed once the bedbugs were discovered.

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  1. Just had a bed bug ‘find’ yesterday at Holiday Inn Paragould, AR. Funny thing no hotel Manager ever admits what it is, even when you take close up HD pics (with my key card info included). Guess they only believe what they want to believe.

  2. I came home with unwanted passengers after a Southwest flight in late November (Tucson to Sacramento), and now I’ve traveled back through the Tucson airport (no checked baggage this time) only to discover several bites after getting off the plane. These pests are more than a nuisance and are expensive to get rid of. Anyone else getting bit or finding bugs in their home after a flight (without hotel stays)? I think Southwest has a terrible problem.

  3. Soooo…
    I just flew Southwest OAK-BNA/BNA-CMH on Tuesday March, 7th. I stayed at a friends house while in San Francisco, not a hotel. I checked a bag, and found out my bag had been inspected by TSA in OAK so it was slightly unzipped when I picked it up in Columbus. I didn’t wear all of the clothes I packed, so I hung some clean clothes back up in my closet when I returned home. I wore a shirt and jeans that had traveled with me on Friday night (3/9). Saturday morning I woke up with 8 bites (2 on my arm, 6 on my legs). Reading this about Southwest is sadly confirming my belief that I probably have bed bugs. They must have jumped luggage in the cargo hold. I’ve been home since Tuesday March 7th…slept in my bed every night, no problem. The first night I wear clothes that traveled with me, I find bites. This can’t be a coincidence can it? UGH. I haven’t seen actual evidence of bugs on my bed, or blood spots or anything like that….I also haven’t slept in my bed since that night because I’m super freaked out by this. I took my clothes that traveled with me and anything that was hanging in the vicinity of those clothes to the Laundromat to dry them on high heat…all of my stuff is now sitting in clean plastic bags, I can’t bring myself to open them.
    I should have stopped researching, this blog and the above comment totally confirm my suspicions. 🙁

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