Already far before the start of the travel season the ARD magazine Plusminus reported mysterious illnesses among flight travelers and cabin crew. Could possibly be traces of a nerve poison in the cabin air.
According to the report of the TV channel, the air for passenger aircraft is diverted directly by the compressors on the engines. As they enter the cabin unfiltered, heated oil fumes may also be sucked in. In addition to some other chemicals, they contained the highly toxic tricresyl phosphate (TCP), which should not occur in closed rooms according to the German limit value regulation. The health risks of TCP are compared with the effects of Sarin, a weapon.
Leaks in the compressors or maintenance errors are particularly critical. In a report from the science portal goruma.de, more than 1,000 cases have been registered within a single year in Great Britain alone. The fact that this problem has been known for some time in England and the United States has been new to the German supervisory authorities.
Read the full report here