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Disinsection - Is the spraying of aircraft cabins (disinsection) carried out on some flights harmful to health?

Insect SprayThe process of disinsection is required under the International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on flights to and from certain destinations to prevent infectious and contagious diseases.

Rules established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) require that disinsection does not injure or cause discomfort to passengers or crew. These rules permit the use of certain insecticides, which have the approval of and are recommended by the WHO based on their effectiveness and safety. All pesticides used for aircraft disinsection in Great Britain must be approved by the Health and Safety Executive under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986. The World Health Organization is undertaking a re-evaluation of chemicals currently in use and those proposed for use for disinsection. The WHO / International Programme on Chemical Safety Draft “Generic risk assessment model for aircraft disinsection with chemical insecticides” is now available for comment.
WHO Review of chemicals for aircraft disinsection

Work is ongoing into alternative methods of keeping mosquitoes and other insects out of the aircraft cabin. These methods include wind curtains at entrances and mechanical devices. If there is evidence to suggest alternative methods are as effective as the current methods, ICAO will consider a review of the disinsection process.

Updated information may be found on the World Health Organization Website

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