Bugs on a plane! Gatwick flight infested with cockroach-like insects is delayed by 24 hours

Passengers screamed in horror after inch long bugs fell from overhead luggage lockers on to their laps as they sat on a flight about to take off from Gatwick airport.

One passenger said dozens of cockroach type insects were seen scurrying along the aisle – with flight attendants telling travellers to squash them.

Jenna Sullivan, 25, told Mail Online: ‘A bug fell right down by my seat and another landed in the lap of the man next to me. The flight attendant told him to squash it. It was disgusting.’

Passengers screamed in horror after inch long bugs fell from overhead luggage lockers on to their laps as they sat on a flight about to take off from Gatwick airport. Jenna Sullivan (above) said dozens of cockroach type insects were seen scurrying along the aisle

Passengers screamed in horror after inch long bugs fell from overhead luggage lockers on to their laps as they sat on a flight about to take off from Gatwick airport. Jenna Sullivan (above) said dozens of cockroach type insects were seen scurrying along the aisle

Passengers screamed in horror after inch long bugs fell from overhead luggage lockers on to their laps as they sat on a flight about to take off from Gatwick airport. Jenna Sullivan (above) said dozens of cockroach type insects were seen scurrying along the aisle

Miss Sullivan, 25, told Mail Online: ‘A bug fell right down by my seat and another landed in the lap of the man next to me. The flight attendant told him to squash it. It was disgusting’

Miss Sullivan, 25, told Mail Online: ‘A bug fell right down by my seat and another landed in the lap of the man next to me. The flight attendant told him to squash it. It was disgusting’

Miss Sullivan, 25, told Mail Online: ‘A bug fell right down by my seat and another landed in the lap of the man next to me. The flight attendant told him to squash it. It was disgusting’

Some of the bugs squashed by passengers on the plane. A passenger's blue fold down tray can be seen on the right

Some of the bugs squashed by passengers on the plane. A passenger's blue fold down tray can be seen on the right

Some of the bugs squashed by passengers on the plane. A passenger’s blue fold down tray can be seen on the right

The ‘bugs on a plane’ incident took place on an Air Transat flight from Gatwick to Vancounver on Wednesday afternoon

The ‘bugs on a plane’ incident took place on an Air Transat flight from Gatwick to Vancounver on Wednesday afternoon

The ‘bugs on a plane’ incident took place on an Air Transat flight from Gatwick to Vancounver on Wednesday afternoon

The ‘bugs on a plane’ incident took place on an Air Transat flight from Gatwick to Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon.

Passengers had boarded flight TS177 when the bugs began tumbling from overhead luggage lockers.

After cabin crew were alerted to the problem, pest control officers from the airline boarded the A300 jet and began spraying pesticide on the seats.

The problem was considered so serious that the captain announced all passengers would have to disembark the plane.

Bug expert Dr Alison Blackwell said the creatures were a type of scarab beetle, of which there are 30,000 different species. 

Canadian call centre worker Jenna, 25, who lives in Brighton, said: ‘We had been on the plane a few minutes when a bug just fell down between my seat and the man next to me. 

‘Another fell into his lap and he picked it up. The flight attendant told him to kill it immediately and he did.

‘Most of the bugs seem to be at the back of the plane, but others on board said they saw them running up the main aisle.’

Jenna, who was travelling to Vancouver for a friend’s wedding, posted a photo on her Twitter account of what the bug looked like. A video of the pest control officer spraying seats was also posted to Twitter.

Passengers had boarded flight TS177 when the bugs began tumbling from overhead luggage lockers. Some posted jokey gifs about the infestation (above)

Passengers had boarded flight TS177 when the bugs began tumbling from overhead luggage lockers. Some posted jokey gifs about the infestation (above)

Passengers had boarded flight TS177 when the bugs began tumbling from overhead luggage lockers. Some posted jokey gifs about the infestation (above)

After cabin crew were alerted to the problem, pest control officers from the airline boarded the A300 jet and began spraying pesticide on the seats. The problem was considered so serious that the captain announced all passengers would have to disembark the plane

After cabin crew were alerted to the problem, pest control officers from the airline boarded the A300 jet and began spraying pesticide on the seats. The problem was considered so serious that the captain announced all passengers would have to disembark the plane

After cabin crew were alerted to the problem, pest control officers from the airline boarded the A300 jet and began spraying pesticide on the seats. The problem was considered so serious that the captain announced all passengers would have to disembark the plane

After a seven hour delay the airline announced that the flight had been cancelled. It is thought the crew went ‘out of hours’ and were not legally allowed to fly on the 9.5hr flight to Vancouver

After a seven hour delay the airline announced that the flight had been cancelled. It is thought the crew went ‘out of hours’ and were not legally allowed to fly on the 9.5hr flight to Vancouver

After a seven hour delay the airline announced that the flight had been cancelled. It is thought the crew went ‘out of hours’ and were not legally allowed to fly on the 9.5hr flight to Vancouver

Passengers were put up in nearby hotels and given vouchers for food but many complained that their hotels were too far away and that they were not looked after properly

Passengers were put up in nearby hotels and given vouchers for food but many complained that their hotels were too far away and that they were not looked after properly

Passengers were put up in nearby hotels and given vouchers for food but many complained that their hotels were too far away and that they were not looked after properly

Another passenger, who asked not to be named, said:’ It was horrible. Lots of people were talking about the bugs and we heard that one of the crew had claimed the bugs were in the food.

‘It was mostly those sitting at the rear of the plane who were affected, but we all saw the pest control people come on board.

‘They were spraying the seats but after a while left and were were then told everyone had to get off.

After an initial seven hour delay the airline announced that the flight had been cancelled.

It is thought the crew went ‘out of hours’ and were not legally allowed to fly on the nine-and-a-half hour flight to Vancouver.

Passengers were put up in nearby hotels and given vouchers for food but many complained that their hotels were too far away and that they were not looked after properly.

They were scheduled to depart at 11.10am on Thursday 23 hours after their scheduled take off – but were hit with a further unexplained delay.

Another passenger, who asked not to be named, said:’ It was horrible. Lots of people were talking about the bugs and we heard that one of the crew had claimed the bugs were in the food'. Jenna is wearing the pink headphones

Another passenger, who asked not to be named, said:’ It was horrible. Lots of people were talking about the bugs and we heard that one of the crew had claimed the bugs were in the food'. Jenna is wearing the pink headphones

Another passenger, who asked not to be named, said:’ It was horrible. Lots of people were talking about the bugs and we heard that one of the crew had claimed the bugs were in the food’. Jenna is wearing the pink headphones

‘They were spraying the seats but after a while left and were were then told everyone had to get off.

‘They were spraying the seats but after a while left and were were then told everyone had to get off.

‘They were spraying the seats but after a while left and were were then told everyone had to get off.

The airline apologised for the flight delay to customers through their social media account but did not respond to Mail Online when asked about the bug infestation

The airline apologised for the flight delay to customers through their social media account but did not respond to Mail Online when asked about the bug infestation

The airline apologised for the flight delay to customers through their social media account but did not respond to Mail Online when asked about the bug infestation 

Another passenger complained: ‘There was little or no information coming from airline and then about 7pm we were told the flight would not be going and we would be put up in hotels overnight.’

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said the pest control officers were from the airline and they did not have any involvement in the incident.

The airline apologised for the flight delay to customers through their social media account but did not respond to Mail Online when asked about the bug infestation. 

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