Hawaii airport closed multiple gates to deep clean after bed bug discovery

HONOLULU — Multiple gates were closed earlier in the week at Hawaii’s largest airport for deep cleaning after bed bugs were found.

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Three gates in two terminals at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu were closed after bed bugs were found Monday, KITV reported.

At first, the Hawaii Department of Transportation was not sure if the bugs were bed bugs, the news outlet reported.

Crews cleaned the area and removed some of the items that they believe had attracted the bugs, according to Hawaii News Now.

The following day, a manager with Southwest contacted the Hawaii Department of Transportation with a bed bugs sample. The news outlet reported that State Transportation Director Ed Sniffen said staff responded to the area again and worked on deep cleaning it. Staff pulled some of the carpets and sprayed pest control at three of the gates.

The three gates, E5, 6, and 7 were closed Wednesday night for more pest control measures, Hawaii News Now reported.

The gates have since reopened, according to KITV.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation said additional cleaning measures will be taken over the next three weeks to continue to prevent any problems, Hawaii News Now reported.

Information about where the bed bugs originated from has not been released.

No flights were impacted by the bed bug incident, according to USA Today.

The newspaper reported that there has been another previous incident with bed bugs -- at Kansas City International Airport in 2018, when they were found in upholstered chairs in the sitting area.

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