Worried About Bringing Home Bed Bugs? FRA Has A Solution
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Bed bugs are an unwelcome holiday souvenir, but not a rare one.
That’s why, since 2016, the Bed Bugs team at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has offered a special service. To avoid unwelcome pests, specially trained dogs regularly sniff out airplanes and hotels for bed bugs. Tracking down the little bloodsuckers is no problem for the dogs with their keen sense of smell.
Now passengers at FRA have the option to get their own baggage checked thoroughly before potentially carrying bed bugs into their own home.
FRA’s Bed Bugs team is made up of five dog handlers and five sniffer dogs, all certified by the Bed Bug Foundation.
To book their service, pax can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org up to three days before they fly back, including the following details: name, flight number, date and time of arrival at Frankfurt Airport. They will then receive a confirmation by e-mail with the mobile phone number of the responsible Bed Bugs team.
After the passenger has arrived, this team goes straight to the baggage claim and searches the suitcases there. The service costs a flat rate of €106 ($165) and covers three baggage items. If a dog does indicate that there are bed bugs, there is an option to hire a pest controller based at the airport who will then get rid of the bugs.
It’s not cheap, but for travellers worried about bringing home unwanted pests, it could be money very well spent.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.