Looks like passengers travelling to and fro from Kolkata airport have much to worry about — actually make that machars to worry about.
The Times of India notes how mosquitoes are buzzing about everywhere at the airport, from tarmacs to inside the terminal, to the airport bus, to even the flights.
The article, filed by Tamaghna Banerjee and Subhro Niyogi quotes a passenger as saying:
"It is difficult to wear slippers and three quarters while waiting after the security check as the area is infested with mosquitoes. Even the flights these days are swarming with the insects" - Arkaprava Bhar, to TOI
And even though airlines officials have tried a number of measures, including lowering the temperatures inside the planes, and using WHO approved insecticides, the mosquitoes seem to be in no mood to relent.
Needless to say, passengers have been taking to social media, lending their ace dark humor too to the serious problem.
At Kolkata airport, having tea and mosquitoes for breakfast!— Nariman Patel (@NarimanPatel) February 18, 2019
Not even kidding,there are so many mosquitoes at Kolkata airport, when you hug a loved one, you end up killing 50.— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) February 5, 2015
At Kolkata airport, it looks like everyone is being polite and waving each other along but they're actually being attacked by mosquitoes.— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) February 5, 2015
I hope Kolkata Airport is charging mosquitoes entry tickets! They easily outnumber humans @Ashok_Gajapathi just FYI Sir!— Anand (@anand153) February 16, 2017
And in 2013, even Sakshi Dhoni had tweeted about the problem!
Kolkata Airport mosquitoes ......spare me— Sakshi Singh ??❤️ (@SaakshiSRawat) February 15, 2013
Even though now the airline officials are suggesting new and innovative ways of attacking mosquitoes, including cropping vegetation to prevent their breeding, and including ladders with air curtains at the entrance of the aircraft, from the tweets of the passengers, it seems like the damage to the image of Kolkata airport as a world class airport has been extensively done.
Swarm of mosquitoes inside the plane at Kolkata airport. Stewardess says this is usual at kolkata.— the storyTeller (@chemingineer) March 3, 2013
And we in India are talking about World Class Services. Shame on Kolkata Airport Authorities for their sheer negligence!!— Kanu Sharma (@kanusharma4427) March 25, 2019
@AAI_Official @KolkataAirport it’s very difficult to take hault at the kolkata airport as the entire area is swarming with mosquitoes which can cause serious health problems. This is urge to take this on atmost priority.— Gaurav Kumar (@rajput21693) March 25, 2019
Doesn't feel like an international airport. Just too many mosquitoes at Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport, Kolkata !!!!!— Sanket (@sanket_biswal) March 13, 2019
Well, as they say, once bitten, twice shy!
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