Bed bugs at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport triggering deep cleaning

 Friday, June 2, 2023 


Daniel K. Inouye International Airport also known as Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii’s largest airport, had some uninvited earlier this week that led to gate closures and deep cleaning because of bed bugs.

On Monday, the Department of Transportation (DOT) received reports of pests in the E-Gate of Terminal 2, as stated by the agency. DOT staff went in to clean the area and remove anything that might have attracted the bugs that day.

The next day, a Southwest Airlines manager gave DOT a sample of the bugs, which were confirmed as bed bugs. DOT staff returned for deep cleaning, including carpet extraction and applying non–toxic pest control spray.

The agency exclaimed that more cleaning measures will take place over the next three weeks, so travelers may encounter intermittent gate closures.

No flights were impacted by the incident.

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