Have just discovered scale on my Ficus benjamina 'Midnight' as well. Which was in a different room entirely from the Neoregelia, and to the best of my recollection had never been near them. Which means I probably have multiple independent infestations, and should spend the rest of the day examining each plant, one at a time, with a magnifying glass.
Very torn by this, as the Ficus, while more replaceable and less sentimental, has also been around for quite a while (since October 2007) and had only recently begun to start looking good and Ficus-y.
I should throw it out. Possibly I will throw it out. But give me some time to process and grieve first. (I'm still optimistic about the Neoregelia, however unrealistic this may or may not be.)
Also, this is the perfect day for this to happen, as we've got contractors in the house today to tear apart the bathroom next to my office (good in the long run, insanely bad in the short). So when I'm not thinking about scale, I can be thinking about strangers standing around with the door to the plant room wide open (current outdoor temperature: 23F / -5C). Or covering my ears against the noise of people knocking in walls. Or involuntarily breathing fumes of something. I don't actually know what their plans are and what's going to happen, but clearly it's going to be a bad day.
UPDATE: It's to be noise, with a side of cold.