Flight attendants who complained that toxic cabin air made them ill have tested positive for dangerous chemicals.
A team of researchers from the University of Göttingen in Germany have found organophosphates – compounds damaging to enzymes in the human body, and the basis of many pesticides and nerve agents – in blood and urine samples from patients, many of whom were cabin crew.
Traces of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), found in vapours produced by anything from carpet cleaner to diesel, were also found in the patients. The study suggests that the VOCs found in the samples could have been released from kerosene, oils or antifreeze used in the engines that leaked into the cabin air supply.
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