Not a very comforting letter published in yesteday’s NY Times:
To the Editor:
Re “This Bedbug’s Life,” by May Berenbaum (Op-Ed, Aug. 8):
I recently flew back to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C., business class on United Airlines. In the car going home from the airport, I noticed a series of insect bites on the ankles of both feet that I had not had when I boarded the plane. They itched like crazy.
They were all over my back as well: my wife counted about 17 bites on my back, and there was a similar number on both feet. It took days for the itching to subside, and the scabs are still there. When I saw my physician, he instantly diagnosed them as bedbug bites.
Passengers can now add to the indignities of air travel the risk of being eaten alive by bedbugs infesting their seats. Apparently even business class isn’t worth fumigating these days.
David J. Anderson
Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 10, 2010
A 777 with UA’s old recliner business class seats operates between IAD and LAX so at least the bedbugs have not been reported on United’s new lie-flat seats.
I trust that UA will take this letter seriously and take immediate proactive steps to insure that their planes are free from any parasitic creatures.