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Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

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Glasgow, United...
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Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

We came home yesterday after our first visit to Madeira and I wondered why the air staff were obliged to spray throughout the aeroplane before we left? They said it was some kind of local regulation ? Can anyone cast any light on what this is about?

Also would like to say thanks to all who responded to my previous queries, it helped us get our bearings in the first few days :-) We loved Madeira, in fact it was our best holiday ever so far! Can't wait to return

Issy

South Australia
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reviews: 12
1. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

Possibly for Dengue Fever.

Toronto
posts: 74
reviews: 14
2. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

We have had the plane sprayed in a number of locations. They are being prudent with all the bugs etc that could possibly be brought home with you on the plane. I am sure that Dengue is still on ongoing concern, and they want to ensure it won't be back. The plane is sprayed after all the hand luggage is on so they must not want any hitch hikers. Only wish that they handed out masks prior to the process,

Hemel Hempstead...
posts: 504
reviews: 8
3. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

Our plane home to the UK was sprayed last October at the height of the dengue fever outbreak in Madeira. Must admit, didn't know they are still doing it.

Glasgow, United...
posts: 1,330
reviews: 13
4. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

I did not notice this being done when I flew home on Monday - though I suppose it is possible that cabin staff could have carried out this duty before boarding commenced.

On subject of mossies, I had no bites whatsoever though I did hear one or two people in the hotel say that they had been bitten. Cliff Bay provided sprays in hotel bathrooms for guests' use. Not sure if any other hotels provide these.

Just hope that the fires of a couple of weeks ago did not result in mossies migrating from the mountainous areas down into Funcal.

Glasgow, United...
posts: 1,330
reviews: 13
5. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

Re previous post - would not let me edit - final word should of course be 'Funchal' . Too early in the morning lol.

England, United...
posts: 1,346
reviews: 57
6. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

I imagine they will continue to do it for a period of time after an outbreak and better to be safe than sorry. Fortunately Madeira has done an excellent job of dealing with the dengue problem they had. I believe dengue was originally brought in from one of the South American countries (Brazil perhaps?), I don't know if Madeira gets any incoming planes sprayed.

I have been sprayed a few times on different airlines, the first time was when I arrived in Australia many years ago. Although it seems a bit of a shock and didn't seem much of a welcome, apparently it is not harmful to health. This is a link to the CAA's website. The Civil Aviation Authority is the UK's specialist aviation regulator.

www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx…

Glasgow Scotland
posts: 1,409
reviews: 48
7. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

TAP were spraying planes leaving Madeira at least 3 years ago. I can't remember if it was the flights to Gatwick or Lisbon.

Bolton, United...
posts: 1,416
reviews: 25
8. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

They commence the spraying when everyone has boarded.People can be carrying "what ever" on there clothes.

Rob

Hemel Hempstead...
posts: 504
reviews: 8
9. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

Re Calderglen's post, that is most interesting but the airlines we flew with at that time (mainly Thomson and Easyjet) were certainly not spraying inside the planes.

Wrexham, United...
posts: 1,550
reviews: 53
10. Re: Use of spray on flight home from Madeira

We had our plane sprayed last September and in May this year .Will note if it happens this time on our return .

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