There are numerous concerns regarding the neurotoxicity of contaminated air inside pressurized aircraft. Neurological symptoms have been seen in many aircrew personnel who have reportedly been exposed to the potentially toxic breathable air in airliners. Symptoms, allegedly contracted by aircrew and passengers, are thought to be caused by a single large exposure or repetitive cumulative low-level exposures to toxic chemicals in the airliner internal air.
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“This is what an international team of scientists, led by Professor Mohamed B. Abou-Donia from Duke-University, North Carolina, USA found in the post-mortem analysis of the brain of a 43 year old British (Airbus) pilot. Richard Mark Westgate died in December 2012 near Amsterdam (NL) undergoing treatment for what he believed was the consequence of exposure to toxic substances during work in his cockpit. The black dots are dead brain cells. The white areas around the black dots indicate demylination which is a degradation of the protective and insulating shell around a brain cell…” (Commentary by Tim Van Beveren, read his most recent article here.)