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Aircraft disinsection is a fancy reference to international law allowing nations to spray inbound aircraft cabins.  “Be advised that we’re spraying you not with cologne, but with insecticide because you may have cooties that you are unknowingly smuggling into our country.”


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Get out your gas masks!  Hope that you are not asthmatic or you do not have insecticide poisoning allergies.  Pests, not tourists, are unwelcome - Go home.  Argentina, Austria, China, Cuba, Dubai, Grenada, India (all flights arriving from London), Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Trinidad, Tobago, and Uruguay immigration authorities routinely engage in this practice by spraying insecticide throughout the interiors of inbound aircraft to eradicate flies, mosquitoes, and other unwanted insects, prior to allowing passengers to disembark.  American Samoa, Australia, Barbados, Cook Islands, Fiji, Jamaica, New Zealand and Panama spray empty cabins.  Unless you have a habit of standing in agricultural fields during spraying, the airplane’s confined cabin is not exactly the healthiest place to be.  Even nations that spray only empty cabins leave a residue of insecticide after repeated sprayings, for airplane passengers to inhale.  Do you think that perhaps with confined cabins, the aircraft’s air-conditioning system might possibly spread the insecticide vapors for everyone to inhale?


The Czech Republic, Indonesia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom (flights arriving from Kenya, Egypt, and India) spray selected flights (malaria infected areas), depending on the flight’s origination.


Perhaps a finders-fee rebate if you turn in an offending insect into authorities?


Interesting that the U.S. doesn’t spray foreigners disembarking on our soil.