Bed bugs forced Air India to ground Newark-Mumbai flights

Air India had received complaints about the bugs in business class seats, but apparently ignored them last week.

    2018/07/23

NSFW    NEWARK, NEW JERSEY — Passengers of multiple flights from New Jersey to India were reportedly bitten by bed bugs last week.

Air India had received complaints about the bugs in business class seats, but apparently ignored them last week.

The Hindustan Times reports one man complained that the business class seats he and his family were sitting in during their 17-hour flight from New Jersey to Mumbai were "infested with bed bugs." Because of the bed bugs, the family were later moved to economy but had to deal with broken tables and TVs.

Another passenger said he could see bed bugs crawling around on the seats.

More complaints keep coming as another Air India passenger tweeted that his wife and three kids flew business from Newark to Mumbai and are now suffering bug bites all over their body.

Last Thursday, a Mumbai-bound Air India flight was grounded because multiple passengers, including an 8-month-old baby, had allegedly suffered bug bites during the flight.

Air India later said the aircrafts in question have been fumigated and seat covers and other hardware have been replaced.

Meanwhile, NJ.com reported that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the airline has not received reports of bed bugs in the terminal or other parts of the airport.
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