At Lufthansa alone, there is statistically every day a so-called “fume event”, ie a situation where the air was noticeably contaminated.
Severe health consequences may arise, especially for frequent flyers. And these are, in the first place, the crews. There are now a lot of documented files and even deaths. But the industry is bricking up and trying everything in its power so as not to be blamed for the “aerotoxic syndrome”. And the politicians are their assistants. For competitiveness. Successful claims for damages would cost billions. Not to speak of the panic of the passengers, who would consider each flight several times, the danger should be confirmed by the court.
It is bricked and covered up. This is the real scandal at this danger. With new, already existing technology, it would have long been banned, and even with a relatively small filter effort repaired in old machines.
But the aerospace industry appears to be too much of a threat to admit that something has developed into a ticking time bomb by turning away from the old system.
I am now talking to the journalist colleague Tim van Beveren, who has been researching this subject for years and has already produced an impressive documentary film about it.
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