Government advises airlines to spray pesticides on passengers

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spraying-pesticides(NaturalHealth365) Have you ever felt sick after flying, only to assume it’s jetlag or a virus you picked up from another passenger? Well, think again!  You might have been exposed to an insecticide, pesticides or other toxic chemicals – deliberately used by airline staff.

I think airline passengers should be outraged to know that poisonous chemicals are now being sprayed on planes regularly – DURING the flight, while travelers are inside the plane, This is true – the United States government is actually pushing this agenda of poisoning passengers.

You can’t make this stuff up: Check out this disturbing video – does this look right to you?

Reminds me of Nazi Germany: Are airplane cabins safe or a gas chamber?

This process is being referred to as “disinsection,” a word that seems to have been made up by the TSA or airline industry. Disinsection, or the spraying of an insecticide or pesticides on planes, is now permitted under international law. The Department of Transportation says that the supposed intent is to protect public health, crops and agriculture, and the environment.

The International Civil Aviation Organization and World Health Organization (WHO) admit that aircraft cabins are being sprayed with what they are calling a “fast-acting insecticide” with passengers on board, right before takeoff.  Some airlines are instead treating aircraft interiors with a “residual-insecticide aerosol” right before passengers get on board.

This is truly sickening behavior: These toxic chemicals are also being applied directly to the aircraft’s internal surfaces and, to make matters worse, passengers get to breathe in this crap into their lungs.

In this next video, airline passengers are being sprayed with toxic chemicals during a flight and the airline staff person says, ‘don’t film!’ (Check out her facial expression – while spraying passengers – it says it all)

Passengers automatically agree to being sprayed with pesticides when buying airline tickets

The spraying of toxic chemicals like pesticides or an insecticide inside an enclosed, pressurized airplane cabin is beyond alarming. It is an assault on the senses and nervous systems of the passengers of the plane. Those with a pre-existing health condition or compromised immune system are even more at risk for suffering unwanted health effects.

However, all passengers exposed to these toxic chemicals “agree” to the conditions, even if they aren’t aware of it.  The fact that spraying will occur on a flight is stated in the fine print when the airline tickets are purchased. Passengers implicitly agree to being sprayed just by buying a ticket for a flight where these practices will take place.

Serious health issues reported from toxic pesticides and insecticides sprayed on planes

Many airline passengers are already reporting negative health effects from exposure to toxic chemicals on flights. For example, flu-like symptoms, sinus issues, rash/hives, headaches and swollen joints are just some of the horrible effects. However, far more serious issues like acute respiratory problems and anaphylactic shock have occurred. Chronic issues affecting the neurological and immune systems have also been reported.

The most common aircraft pesticides used on airplanes are synthetic pyrethroids, specifically permethrin and d-phenothrin. Remember, they kill insects by attacking their nervous systems.

What are these chemicals doing to human nervous systems? Numerous studies have linked permethrin with Parkinson’s disease. (this has got to stop!)

Buyer beware: WHO denies health and safety issues from airline insecticides

Not surprising, at this time, the World Health Organization is downplaying the symptoms and concerns voiced by passengers. They state “there’s no evidence” that these insecticide sprays cause risk to human health, and that the sprays are safe.

The arrogance of these statements is appalling. Even a layperson knows not to use chemical sprays in an area that is not ventilated. In the short term, the only recourse is to avoid flights where this practice takes place. However, airlines should be strongly petitioned to find non-toxic methods of dealing with pests.

Bottom line: Before you take that flight – make a phone call to your airline of choice and ask the question, “are you spraying insecticides on this flight.”

jonathan landsmanAbout the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of, the NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show – and the NaturalHealth365 INNER CIRCLE, a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.

Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host, Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic, non-GMO diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise and meditation.


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  • pam r

    This is beyond disturbing. I know how bad things can be be but this one took me by surprise. If you look at a bottle of raid it says remove people and pets from spraying area. If you get it on your skin or clothes wash for 15-20 minutes immediately. How can it even be suggested to spray on people-they really want to harm everyone.

  • Tricia Cheel

    . . . and we wonder why the health system is getting overburdened?

  • Nancy

    That is very interesting. My hubby occasionally flies for work and inevitably gets a cold which we were attributing to the recirculated air. Maybe not.

  • Xmen442002

    This is very concerning!!
    But here is the real disturbing aspect of this issue:
    This is done on international flights, so no one can be held accountable for adverse reactions due to spraying. How do you as a citizen of another country flying a foreign airline sue for complications from the spraying?
    The WHO and the CDC are the most corrupt and evil global cartels that exist.
    Yet even so…..many authors and health advocates will still use their stats in their articles…..what????????

    • Isa

      You are so right about WHO. I am an old German gal living in USA since 2000. Long before that in the 1980ies a Doctor in Brazil found a cure for cancer. He didn’t wanted to sell it for big money to the pharmaceutical moguls so he gave the data to WHO to spread it over the world for the cure of cancer. The WHO gave it to a big Pharmaceutical company who kept it secret and never let it be knowen. The same had happened with Dengue fever virus in Costa Rica/Nicaragua which was spread on purpose by Pharmaceuticals to make their big money and many other Viruses after that. Now its the Zika Virus. (The worst is BAYER which is an old Germany company supporting Hitler experiencing with living people and after killing them, pickling them in jars).
      America wake up. Don’t let all these toxic vaccinations enter your body Government paid by Pharmaceuticals is forcing upon you.

  • Hey Jonathan,

    As Leslie has pointed out, this is not a “new” procedure, and it has been approved and legal for a long time (as far as I know, it’s been happen since the early 1930’s). It is recommended and mandated by WHO (as a measure to reduce the spread of vector borne diseases). It has been going on for decades. It is also mandated by certain Governments for biosecurity reasons. For instance, ALL planes the pass in and out of New Zealand and Australia are drenched in residual insecticide.

    What changed (quite some years ago,) and thus obscured the fact people are trapped in an insecticide bubble, is that many airlines (as instructed by the Governments that demand commercial airplanes undergo this procedure) changed from aerosol spraying during flight, to drenching the entire plane interior with a residual insecticide concentrate. I understand this is designed to last a minimum of 8 weeks (2 months), although I recall from info I read in the 1990’s about this, that it was then 3 to 6 months. It occurs when no passengers are on board, so most are unaware of it. What’s I feel is more insidious about this method is that anyone flying on such planes within days or weeks of the procedure, are in effect sitting in a chemical cocktail sufficiently concentrated to remain effective (i.e. toxic) for 3+ months. At least when they spray it right there during flight, it’s only a dose designed to last for a few days at most.

    Another method is that the plane is aerosol sprayed just before passengers embark.

    An important consideration with the residual insecticide is you could be exposed to it even if you don’t fly to NZ or Australia (and where ever else it’s mandated). You only need to fly on a plane that recently (in the last 3 months or so) passed through one of those countries, and you can pretty much guarantee that plane was drenched with residual insecticide.

    Supposably all these countries require aerosol spraying on all flights arriving and departing (although I’ve flown in and out of Panama many times, and never seen them spraying):
    * Ecuador (only Galapagos and Interislands)
    * Grenada
    * Guyana
    * India
    * Kiribati
    * Madagascar
    * Panama
    * Seychelles
    * Tanzania
    * Timor-Leste
    * Trinidad and Tobago
    * Uruguay
    * Zimbabwe

    All these countries permit, and require, residual insecticide (unless aerosol spraying is done instead):
    * Australia
    * Barbados
    * Cook Islands
    * Fiji
    * Jamaica
    * New Zealand

    There are many other countries that require plane spraying, if the flight is from certain countries.

    In response to the supposed Zika virus threat, Italy (and I suspect other countries) now require all flights to be sprayed or require “Certificate of Residual Disinsection”.

    You can learn more about this common practice via the following links: (re Italy, and Zika) — an article well worth reading, highlighting the issue flight attendants face, since they are typically exposed to these nasty chemicals on a daily basis. — Info from the Australian Govt, on Aus and NZ requirements. — an article on Pubmed about the possible effects on flight crew.

    This is one of the many “costs” to ones health of flying. The other obvious one, is the increased levels of cosmic ionizing radiation exposure, especially if flying long-haul during daylight hours. If there is heightened solar flare activity around the time you’re flying, then the exposure is even higher. Although it’s still relatively minimal compared to common medical CT and X-Ray scans people expose themselves to.

    What I take from all of this is this: It’s vitally important to be boosting and nourishing the body on a daily, meal-by-meal basis with high potency, intelligence, high-life-force foods, and maintaining a peaceful and blissful state of body, mind, and heart. I am certain (based on research and experience) that our disposition toward something can have just as much or more of an influence on how that “something” affects us, than the thing itself.

    • Kathy Travis

      thanks for all the information – even though this procedure is not new. I still did not know about it as I am sure most people are still unaware. We need to keep reporting on this because no change will never happen if not enough people know.

    • disqus_k3oycamN0W

      And cancer causing radiation ” naked scanners” at airport check-ins

      • Allie Kat

        Are gone… the scanners that use ionising radiation were removed quite some time ago.

        • disqus_k3oycamN0W

          You are in denial. How the image is made then? Our bodies suddenly acquired ability to make X-rays to project on the screen? Scanners used ionizing radiation and will always use it to create image. Study physics.
          Of course, TSA employees will tell “there is no radiation”. I was told this lie, right in front of radiation machine.

    • Technicallysane

      As I stated above, I do not fly any longer…..actually since the TSA was established in all US airports. Prior to that I have flown millions of miles, first with my late husband to and from Europe. Then after that I flew on commercial flights back and forth to England and Scotland about every other year to visit family. In all those years I never once heard of any insecticide spraying inside airplanes….unless it all took place while the planes were empty? However, I’m wondering why there was never even a trace of insecticide odor upon boarding a plane if it had been sprayed earlier? Also, my son worked for the airlines for a number of years in an administrative capacity, yet he never was aware of such practices or he would have certainly mentioned it.
      I can see the industry using cleaning products to disinfect the airplanes on a regular basis, but INSECTICIDE spray is beyond the pale in any sane person’s reasoning. That’s precisely why so many people are sick and unhealthy because of the constant exposure to foods from crops that have been sprayed to the max with insecticides, along with along with all the chemicals we’re bombarded with on a daily basis.
      The public needs to boycott the airlines en-masse, then let’s see if the airlines will re-assess their need to obey government thugs.

      • As to why you never came across this practice on the flight routes you have described: I suspect it would depend on whether countries in Europe were mandating such practices, and as far as I know they were not (not unless you flew in from “high-risk” countries, like places in Africa, etc). The USA is a non-risk country (for vector borne illnesses) as is Europe. So, based on the logic of those mandating such practices, there would be no reason why those routes would have pre-spraying, in-flight spraying, or residual spraying. As for the smell, I fly in and out of NZ a lot, and I’ve never smelt what I would describe as insecticide. In most cases any “smell” from such things is an additive. For instance, one can buy completely odourless insect spray for household use (as opposed to the heavily perfumed options that are more typical). Yet every flight passing NZ there has a residual insecticide all through it. What’s more, when I’ve flown into India and Thailand (or returned from) and actually been subjected to the in-flight spraying, it had no odour that I recall. And I’m someone with extreme sensitivity to synthetic odours.

        In terms of people suggesting reactions toward the airlines… as far as I know, they are not the ones mandating these procedures. It’s just another cost for them (which gets passed on to the passengers in their ticket prices). It’s the WHO and various Governments who are mandating these procedures. I suspect boycotting the airlines would be much the same as boycotting them because we don’t like ridiculous TSA scans in the airports. It’s the Government, not the airlines.

    • Integrative Resources

      i wonder if there are masks we can wear on the plane that would filter the poison out?

      • There are masks that block out insecticides. But they are fairly large, and hardly something I expect even complete health nuts would be inclined to want to wear on a long flight. It might make an interesting protest statement though. 🙂 The other issue is skin contact. It’s one reason I keep myself fully covered on flights to countries where I know the planes are loaded with residual insecticide (NZ, AUS).

        • Allie Kat

          Permethrin has minimal skin absorption potential, and virtually zero once dried.

    • Allie Kat

      Night vs day makes no difference, cosmic radiation levels are virtually identical at all angles. And very minimal except for frequent fliers or during solar flare events.

      Also, the difference isn’t really dose, the residual insecticide is permethrin while the fast acting is d-phenothrin.

  • Richard Sacks

    Great article, Jonathan. My only point of disagreement is your very last suggestion. Thinking we can ask the airline if they are spraying on this flight is laughable (or would be if it weren’t so serious). Why would the airline tell their sales reps? And if they did, the reps could just lie. Any company that’s willing to poison you is obviously not to be trusted to tell the truth, especially if it would discourage someone from becoming a paying customer.
    No, this is a much more difficult issue, and you can’t just solve it by asking if they’re spraying on a particular flight. The inconvenient truth here is that it makes all flying a bad idea healthwise, equivalent to taking a direct dose of poison into your lungs (in addition to the radiation you get courtesy of TSA). And who knows what they are spraying before you get on? Like you say, they’re doing it with our full permission because of the fine print when you buy a ticket.
    There is no real reason corporations have to be so utterly corrupt, other than the people involved in the top power positions, just like in government. It all comes back to this same issue. Fighting each individual issue is necessary, but to get all this to stop, an answer has to be found of how to get rid of the malevolent people in positions of power, and I think that’s going to require the general public to reverse their course toward becoming total robotic zombies, following the program to hate and fight each other. Education such as what you are doing is a critical first step. Just please don’t think these airline people are going to tell you honestly about the extent of the poisoning or whether it’s occurring on any given flight.

    Richard Sacks, Host
    Lost Arts Radio
    http://www.lostartsradio. com
    Independent holistic health scientist since 1965
    Essene teacher and private health consultant

    • Malachi

      The only way to fight it would be through money. So who would you boycot? The airline or the government? If it’s the airline, just make a list of all the airlines or flight routes where they spray, so people can avoid these, which will have monetary consequences for the airline. If it’s government.. ha.. good luck fighting that!

    • eyesandears

      You are right about the spraying before passengers board – this has been a long-time practice, and reported on decades ago. The problem is the closed air-recirculating systems on jets…recycling given new meaning.

  • Richard Sacks

    Great suggestion Leslie. I bet almost no one is aware that countries are requiring this. I was on a flight to the Bahamas about 9 years ago and they didn’t seem to spray anything but I could have easily missed it. Probably no one wants the public to know, precisely because it could hurt business for the country and for the airline both.

  • Richard Sacks

    I should have mentioned also that I don’t think the airlines are blameless in this. If they cared about the passengers (I mean the top management, not the FA’s), they would not leave this in the small print, but publicize widely that a particular destination requires spraying the passengers with poison on all airlines to that destination, and give the passengers the contact information of the office requiring this assault. Keeping it quiet is not a sign that they have any concern for the effects on passengers.

  • GunzRloaded

    Someone needs to go to jail who gave the order to have that done…!!
    Do we have names…..?

    • Allie Kat

      Typically the health or quarantine departments of the countries requiring it (the US is NOT one of those countries that requires it), and on the basis of WHO guidelines.

  • OrganicGirl

    I haven’t flown since 9/11 and don’t have any plan to in the future. There is plentry to see right here in the USA.

  • Xheezie


    • Malachi

      Reacting like this isn’t healthy either…

  • eyesandears

    WHO classifies glyphosate as a ‘probably carcinogen’ and then classifies the spraying of passengers with a similar compound as acceptable and harmless. Of course it is insane; It is all intended to NOT make sense – confusion is this organization’s help-mate in creating your chaotic reality. The extent to which people will passively accept ANYTHING they are told was a lesson well learned under the Bush administration, today allowing for the envelope to be pushed as far as it can possibly go.

    • Allie Kat

      Glyphosate is an herbicide, and not even remotely similar to what they’re spraying, which is d-phenothrin.

      • eyesandears

        Who in their right mind wants to eat or be sprayed with any flippin’ chemical?!

        Left the field decades ago, unprincipled practices didn’t agree with me. Since then, no chemicals, no doctors, no meds, no dentists, no toxic people – well, except for those encountered online and easily turned off with one click – and life is much healthier and happier!

  • Technicallysane

    The TSA abuses are bad enough but now the government is taking things to a whole ‘nuther’ level.

    Apparently they think that by giving passengers a dose of poison when they decide to fly is just to make sure everyone is kept under complete control. So that re-affirms my resolve to never take another commercial flight again until the TSA is kicked out and the airlines start treating their passengers with dignity and respect. If necessary, I’ll drive or take a train. Then if I go out of the country I’ll go by ship…..or even a fishing boat if I have to in order to get where I’m going. The government thugs will NOT be controlling my life much longer though because I’m already past 80 y/o and most of my life is over. Still, my heart aches for the younger people and what they’ll have to endure.

    The only way this can be nipped in the bud is by the public rising up and boycotting the airlines. If a drastic drop in ticket sales occurs, then maybe the airlines will take on the government thugs and put a stop to this insanity.

    • Integrative Resources

      i wonder if they don’t do this on ships as well though….

  • The only ammunition life has against these insane profits against life is STOP CONSUMING all of them.

  • sfrobink

    How about a class action suit against the airlines for doing this?

  • cautiousnautious

    Stop flying and you wont’ have that problem. don’t worry about the airlines; just worry about your own survival.

  • Sheri

    What about people who are allergic to such things and would have some kind of an allergic attack? Seems like a law suit in the making. All this makes no sense – what about the health of the pilots and flight attendants? It is crazy…but maybe it will cut down on the bed bugs coming to America.

  • Sandeep Anirudhan

    i have noticed the airlines dont spray on all routes. It has to do with the destination and the rules of that govt…..

    • Allie Kat

      Correct, and it’s nothing new, and it’s to protect those countries from disease.

  • Barefoot in MN

    Very soon (if not already) the spraying will be done even less obviously: they’ll just add it in to the air-circulation system. No cannisters, no need for flight attendants to do a thing…. it will be automated, part of the computer-run system that also governs temperature settings etc on a plane. 🙁

    • QuiteContrary

      That happened on my flight from south africa ELEVEN YEARS AGO. How is this remotely news? And what kind of ghetto airline uses spray cans?

  • Sue Harks

    we had it done going to cuba or jamacia l forget which one, but we questioned them about it,, l am going to start to carry l light weight plastic sheet and tuck it in behind us and when they start pull it over our heads till it settles

  • Sue Harks

    Pregnant women, OMG,, then you have people with COPD, asthma, bronchitis, and other breathing problems, People with high allergy problems who are very sensitive to things,,rashes, hives, skin allergies,, And what about if your are eating,, Just because l pay, doesn’t give them the right to spray me with chemicals. It happend once to us and we complained, we were told they had to empty the 2 cans out and had to show the inspectors they were empty or they would be fined,,,Like l said before, we will take a light weighted plastice sheet with us and tuck it in behind us and when they start to spray we will just pull it over hour heads till the spray settles..

  • Isa

    yes Xmen you are so right. Many Cancer patient of the USA are going to Germany or Mexico for better treatment and survive without all these horrible side effects of Chemo and Radiation. My late husband didn’t wanted to go with me to have his Cancer treated in either country so he died slowly 2 long agonizing years.

  • Ant

    A year ago On a flight from st. Croix VI to st Martian stewardess sprayed walking up and down the center isle I just held my breath

  • Carolanne Wright

    Contact your airline here to see whether they are using this practice on your flight:

  • grasspriet

    And to think that passengers are relativly short in airplanes. What about the personel that sprays this every time they ‘work’! They are killing themself in order of their employer. In bar’s and nightclubs you can’t smoke anymore because of the poiseness fumes let in the air that are harmfull for others, But looks like sprying pesticides in a closed cabin is all fine.
    Only one thing to do. Never, ever fly again.

  • craig klucas

    Sooo… I take it they do this to Obama and his crew when they fly? They do it to the Military? They do it to people in private jets?

  • Compo

    I agree Ryan, very poor article. If it was really dangerous to in-flight staff that fly daily I’m sure their Unions would have made a very big deal about it…and I don’t think they have. Also, introduced insect species could cause havoc to an island’s eco-system and even devastate an island’s economy by introducing an invasive insect that damages crops.

  • Compo

    Carrying in foreign seeds and/or insects to an island could be devastating to the native flora and fauna and agriculture…and by extension to the economy and livelihood of the people that live on that island. Any measure that is trying to preserve endangered, at risk or fragile eco-systems is worth applauding.

  • Sunshine Kid

    Sue the airlines. Allege health problems created by such sprays and show in court the flight attendants’ actions during the spraying and especially the flight attendants reaction to being videoed. If the public makes a big enough outcry, the practice will be stopped for economic reasons.

  • Astrid Snaucey Luchian

    yes so lets all get cancer instead.

  • Francoise Vulpe

    Can you imagine the exposure the airline staff are getting? That’s insane.

  • disqus_k3oycamN0W

    Now, turn on your pesticide soaked brain for a minute: how spraying the air in an airplaine kills bedbugs, hiding deepinside bags, or Zika in the blood of a passenger?.Unless the whole passenger is killed along with Zika.