United Airlines Has A Bedbug Problem, But Not On Their Planes

Itchy, bitty Bedbugs caused immense problems for hotels, pre-teen clothing stores and movie theaters (yeah, it happened) in the past, but it looks like they’re moving up in the world; all the way to the 16th floor of Chicago’s Willis Tower – home to United Airlines.

While it might be plausible that bedbugs would show up on airplanes – what with the shared pillows and blankets – we definitely didn’t see the infiltration of HQ coming. But that’s apparently the case, according to a report from USA Today.

We don’t know the actual reason why the bugs honed in on the 16th floor – although we might speculate they weren’t fans of United’s new really long safety video – but things appear to be under control.

A spokesman for the company confirmed the issue saying the problem was contained to a small area of the office.

“We did identify an isolated issue in a small group of cubicles and immediately brought in exterminators to do a full remediation,” a company spokesperson says in a statement. “We continue to bring in exterminators on site to ensure eradication.”

Those pesky bugs just aren’t welcome anywhere, and rightfully so.

United Airlines headquarters hit by bedbugs [USA Today]

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  1. Pacer says:

    Good! Last month after having my 11:00 PM United flight from Newark to Vermont cancelled for “air traffic control reasons” and having to spend all night in that crappy airport and then last week having my 6:00 AM United flight from Vermont to Chicago cancelled for “air traffic control reasons” causing me to miss a connection to California, I say GOOD! I hope they all get lice too.

    No other airline had cancellations during those times.

    • furiousd says:

      Since ATC occurs not globally, but in a region surrounding the airport, why not require the airlines serving that airport to handle ATC for that airport? They’d certainly have a vested interest in it being done correctly, and I imagine that the relationship between the pilots and the ATC personnel would be more amicable if you were going to see them at the company meeting later that month.

      Alternate plan: automate global ATC and get fully automatic control of planes up to speed. Then everything would run smoother and cheaper with realtime updates of what’s going on in a certain route. Planes could get people to their destinations sooner rather than flying slower to make their allotted landing window.