If you’ve ever had the misfortune to get attacked by bed bugs in a hotel (or maybe even your own house), you know how uncomfortable and gross it is.

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Well, now disgusting little insects have found their way onto airplanes. So if you’re traveling this summer, you need to keep an eye out.

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Passengers have been complaining lately about bed bugs on flights and have been leaving their voyages all bit up and comfortable. The fact is that bed bugs can be easily carried from hotel rooms to the airport and then onto planes, so it isn’t too much of a stretch that this would eventually happen.

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The best thing you can do when you board a flight and take your seat is to keep an eye out for the buggers (and alert the crew immediately). There are other precautions you can take as well to avoid an annoying and potentially painful couple of days after your flight: Bring your own pillow and blanket if you’re planning on snoozing throughout your journey. Also, bed bugs can’t bite through your clothes, so you should wear long sleeves and pants. You can also buy and bring your own seat covers if you want to take extra care.

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You usually won’t notice bed bug bites until a couple of days later, so it’s wise to be safe just in case. And if you’re actually getting eaten alive in your airplane seat, chances are YOU’RE the one who brought the bed bugs on your flight. So after you notify the flight attendants, you should probably call your hotel as well.

Let’s hope all of our future flights are bug-free!