When did spraying of international flights on arrival in Australia start again?

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inkymath

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Nov 2012

Total posts 7

When did spraying of international flights on arrival in Australia start again? Came back from HNL on HA last week and on arrival at Sydney the plane was sprayed internally. This is the first time this has happened on an aircraft I've been on for at least 5 years???

highflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Apr 2012

Total posts 178

It depends on the carrier... most airlines and aircraft have long term disinsection approvals... but if an aircraft hasn't had it done for a while, or its an aircraft that has expired, it may require the Top of Descent Spray prior to arrival in Australia.

AndrewYes

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Oct 2012

Total posts 147

Most airlines have that spray coming through the air conditioning system, Hawaiian does not so it is sprayed. 

X

British Airways - Executive Club

Member since 24 Jan 2012

Total posts 83

I'm pretty sure application by air conditioning is a myth and am not familiar of any aircraft with an air conditioning system which can administer disinsection sprays.

Airlines which regularly fly to Australia, NZ or others requiring disinsection may choose to treat the aircraft with a residual spray. The spray sticks to every surface of the aircraft of the aircraft, rather than being airborne.

US Carriers in particular have difficulty completing residual sprays as the chemicals are banned in the US. Virgin Australia completes it's sprays in Abu Dhabi whilst United gets theirs done in Hong Kong.

A residual spray treatment lasts for about 70 days, so aircraft which have not been residually treated are treated by Top of Decent aersol sprays. This is a plant based disinsection spray and is generally safer than the residual treatments. Think about it, the residual sprays have to remain strong enough for 70 days...

Moral of the story: Don't lick the plastic on aircraft flying to Australia.

Ol647

Member since 09 Aug 2012

Total posts 21

The only flight this has happened to me on was coming back from Dubai in 2010

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