It smells of old socks and can lead to neurological defects: For the first time, scientists have demonstrated the nerve pestle TCP in the blood of flight passengers. The poison escapes media reports from the engines of the aircraft.
According to media data, researchers have shown the first time the nerve drain TCP in the blood of flight passengers, which is to come from the engines. The pollutant from the oil of the nozzles reaches the cabin, reports the news magazine “Der Spiegel”. Pilots and cabin crew have been complaining about the smell of old socks for years, making them responsible for neurological defects or even disability. The detected concentrations in the blood are small. But these were only ordinary passengers who had not reported any odor.
According to the magazine, the Norwegian state institute for working environment has recently detected the substance TCP (tricresyl phosphate) in the cabin air. “The government and the airlines have so far failed to comply with their duty of care for the passengers and staff,” said Green parliamentarian Markus Tressel after “mirror” data.
With a novel test, Clement Furlong of the University of Washington in Seattle found evidence of TCP in six out of twelve investigated passengers. According to the journal, “Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology”, the researchers said that the blood had been taken one to two hours after the flight. However, you could not prove TCP directly, but only via a decomposition product. After three to seven months, the substance had not been detected in any of four long-term trials that had previously had TCP in the blood.
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