Here Is How To Protect Yourself From Blood-Sucking Bedbugs On A Plane!

Last Updated on November 8, 2019

Guess what, bedbugs still exist and they’re out for your blood!

These little monsters made a strong comeback in the early 20th century and ever since then, they have been colonizing home furniture and hotel rooms, raiding movie theaters, settling under train and car seats, and flying economy, business, and first class!

Nobody is really safe from bed bugs, not even while flying, because these blood-sucking insects have recently been attacking passengers on planes and turning their vacations into nightmares.

Bed bugs thrive in places that aren’t frequently cleaned and often plane seats aren’t constantly cleaned. What if you meet this pest in one of your future flights? Are you going to just sit like a hostage and let them do their job?!

Nobody is doing any more of that, and that is why this list is here to show you how to protect yourself and belongings from bedbugs.


#1 – Know your bedbug!

First, you must know the enemy before you fight it.

Baby bed bugs are brownish and so tiny but, luckily, still visible. Whereas, adult bedbugs are reddish-brown pests that are oval-shaped and about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs may appear flat or bloated, it all depends on whether they sucked your blood yet or not!

Like their partners in crime, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, bed bugs survive on blood and like to live close to humans so they hide in places like box springs, small cracks, folded areas, and beds; hence their creative name.

Now that you know what bed bugs look like, what they want, and where they live, keep reading to find out how to protect yourself from them when they ambush you on a plane.

#2 – Cover your seat

You don’t want to emerge from your flight looking like a strawberry, so you’d better cover your seat with a bug-off seat cover to stop bedbugs that might be hiding in your seat from crawling up your body and covering your skin in bites.

There are some good disposable bug-off seat covers and airplane seat sitters that you can purchase online from that effectively protect from germs and pests including the bed bug itself!

These covers will also come in handy during the flu season. Flu season and bed bugs…Isn’t that grand?!

#3 – Bring your own pillow & blanket

You don’t want to rest your head on a pillow where strings of bed bugs are already resting, so take your own pillow with you onboard!

Once you have dressed your seat in a cover that tells bedbugs to bug off and balanced your pillow behind your back, cover yourself in a blanket you trust (your own blanket) and enjoy a comfy flight.

Now that is one handy way to arm yourself against the bloodsuckers!

#4 – Put Your carry-ons in the overhead bin

Oh, what about your luggage? You’re not allowed to forget about them!

Wrap your carry-on bags in plastic and put them in the plane’s overhead plane bin space instead of placing them next to your feet. If you do, the bedbugs lurking under your seat and in the corners of the plane floor will make a new home out of your carry-on luggage.

On a side note, wearing sandals or removing your shoes onboard is like extending a generous invitation to bedbugs to bite you!

#5 – It’s not just the plane

You need to be careful on your way to the plane because you may come face to face with none other than the bed bug!

Bedbugs may cling to your clothes while riding a cab, bus, or train and by the time you arrive to the airport, they will have already chugged your blood!

Many passengers may wonder why there are bed bugs on their plane seat and not on their neighbor’s. Hm…maybe because they were the ones who unknowingly brought them onboard!

#6 – Inform the cabin crew

Once you have detected a horde of bed bugs on the plane, since they like to travel in groups, immediately inform the flight attendants to help you change your seat. Hopefully, your new seat won’t be crawling with more bed bugs!

Can you imagine the horror? That is why you should bring a bug off seat cover and dress up your seat to avoid the pain of bed bug bites and the other pain of cleaning your belongings off bed bugs when you arrive at your destination.

Also, by letting the cabin crew know about bed bugs in the plane, you’ll technically help the plane’s future passengers have a better, bedbug-free flight once it’s cleaned properly!

Those were the five tips that will help you deal with bed bugs on a plane; protect your clothes, luggage, and body with your life!

P.S. Don’t you ever forget to cover your seat!



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