August 9, 2006 9:19 AM Subscribe
Can bedbugs survive an airplane flight if they hitch a ride in your (checked) luggage?
posted by np312 to travel & transportation (8 answers total)
I got into a conversation with my mom the other day about backpacking in Europe, and how some of the hostels I slept in had bedbugs. Now, I live in NYC, which is going through a crazy bedbug epidemic that I have so far (thankfully) avoided. But it has made me super vigilant and paranoid about the bugs infesting my apartment.
So my question is: if I stay in hostels abroad and make sure that the clothes I wear on the plane home have no bedbugs on them, what are the chances that any of the little suckers who might have snuck into my suitcase/duffle would survive the pressure/temperature changes of flying in the belly of the plane?
Just something I've always wondered. Thanks!