Saturday, September 06, 2008

Cootie Free At Last!

Arrived in Sydney Australia this morning on United connecting from Toronto via LAX. After pulling up at the gate, we were instructed to stay in our seats. Mandatory spraying of the cabin before we were allowed to deplane.

Sheena's been to Australia two other times in the last 4-5 years, and for the life of me could not recall being sprayed before. A Google search confirms this is a practice going back at least to the 1990s. But today I was on United... other trips had always been on Air New Zealand. Was this the diff??

Seems to be some interesting legal battles and health & safety issues specific to United and the flight attendants required to perform the spraying.

Uh oh

Double uh oh
The International Civil Aviation Organization reports that most airlines use permethrin and pyrethroid, both are suspected endocrine disruptors, and permethrin may be a carcinogen.

Jesus! Henry Rollins would be proud...

Sheena wonders if perhaps the practice would be more accepted by the overseas flying public if they could add a little Old Spice to the mix. Take care of Mr. Hippie Pitstain across the aisle who hasn't bathed since he started his sabbatical.


At 3:13 PM, Blogger raymi lauren said...

please explain in rayminglish why they spray you BEFORE you get off, what is the point


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